As part of my holiday gift giving I am making natural homemade dish soap. I have been making this recipe for a while now and really like it. I have never tried it with the vinegar because I like the lemon scent it has.
Here is the basic recipe:
Liquid Dish Soap
1 gallon of warm water
2 cups shredded bar soap (I use Ivory)
2 Tbl. liquid glycerin
½ cup lemon juice
2-5 drops essential oil (I like eucalyptus)
5 drops tea tree oil (Antibacterial)
- Mix warm water and soap flakes in a large pot.
- Dissolve the soap flakes in the water on the stove over low heat. Continually stir the mix while it is heating.
- Stir in the glycerin and remove from heat.
- Let cool until almost room temperature.
- then add lemon juice (or white vinegar).
- Mix in your favorite essential oil and tea tree oil.
- Pour the mixture into bottles and shake well.
But anyone that knows me knows that I can’t leave things alone and am always looking to make things easier. Here is how I make mine:
- I have a large plastic juice container I use and this is the amount of water I use. I pour hot water into my pot and turn it on high to heat up.
- While it’s heating I grate 1 bar of castile soap and put it in the pot. Stir often to melt soap into water.
- Once it’s melted I turn off the heat and add the liquid glycerin and let it cool to room temperature.
- 1/2 cup lemon juice and essential oils, plus the tea tree oil.
- Stir well and pour back into my bottle.
These are the jars I’m using for Christmas. I will cover them with a pretty piece of fabric and lace and tie on the dish cloths.
Since I first posted this I have received several questions about the liquid being on the thin/runny side. Yes, this is much thinner than a store bought variety. I find that it still works very well and I usually use about 1/2-3/4 of a cup per sink of water. Mine lasts about 1 week, we do a lot of dishes here. If let set much longer than that it will start to become moldy. It’s because of the water and lemon juice going bad. Water and lemon do grow bacteria!
I also only use enough water to fill the container I use to store the soap in, not as much as the recipe calls for.
You can also find my other homemade cleaning recipes I use every day here
Under Natural Cleaning Supplies.
Well it’s been another few months and I am still loving this dish soap recipe. The one change I have made is I am now using liquid Castile Soap, I am finally able to purchase it locally, yeah!
I have been adding about 1/2 cup to the recipe and leaving out the grated soap. It is working like a charm….
Thought you all would like to know.