Homemade Dish Soap Recipe
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Over the last year, I have been working to rid my home from chemicals in both our foods AND in our cleaning supplies. When I first started my "green journey" I looked at the prices of the organic cleaners sold at the grocery store....boy was I in sticker shock! I went from paying $.99 cents for my dish soap to $2.99! That wasn't going to work well for my budget so I went to the trusty internet to find a solution.
Using the recipe below, I would estimate the cost of this entire jar to be about 50 to 75 cents to make! Not only is it way cheaper than the organic dish soap, it is cheaper than the chemical filled stuff that I used to use! So....green cleaning and saving green all at the same time.
Here is what you will need to make the "Green Dishsoap" The GREAT news is that these are almost the same ingredients that I use to make all of my other cleaners- so nothing new to buy--SCORE!
- 2-1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 tablespoon Borax
- 1 tablespoon washing soda
- 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 cup castile soap (I grated mine or you can buy liquid at most grocery stores)
- 8-10 drops essential oil (optional)
The recipe is so easy to do.....
1. Place the castile soap into a large mixing container
2. Add the Borax and Washing Soda to the soap
3. Pour in the boiling water then add the vinegar as the last step
4. Add any essential oils you would like to give your soap extra fragrance!You can buy Dr. Bronner's castile soap which already as scent in it and has hundreds of uses.....another money saver!
When it begins cooling, it is important to pour it into the container that you wish to use because over the next few hours, your soap will begin to setup and become more of a gel...make sure it is in its right container BEFORE that happens!
There are cute containers with pumps or you can simply store it in a jar as I do. I use about a teaspoon per load of dishes.
It is important to know that this is a low sudsing cleaner. You will NOT see a sink full of suds BUT you will have clean dishes. Depending on the soap you use, you may want to be sure to towel dry your dishes as most castile soaps are made with coconut oil which can leave your dishes with a slick feeling after washing. I take towel drying over chemicals ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!
I hope you enjoy your new green cleaner and hope you will check out my other recipes for green homemade cleaners which will help you SAVE money and rid you home of chemicals!