How to Make Your Own Dish Soap: 2 Easy DIY Recipes

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Hello! We’re back with another article! This time, we wanted to give you 2 recipes to create your own dish soap.

Making your own dish soap is quite easy! And it comes with many advantages. Today we want to talk about why should you make your own dish soap, along with some quick and easy recipes.

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Now, without further ado, let’s talk about dish soap!

Why Should You Make Your Own Dish Soap?

Making your own dish soap comes with many advantages.

First of all, you know exactly what ingredients you are including in your soap. Commercial cleaning and personal care products are filled with many, many chemicals.

Some of them contain active cleaning agents, others are stabilizers, and you also find added colors or fragrances. Many chemicals are potentially dangerous, even if you use them the way you’re supposed to.

Second, you can customize your dish soap! Perhaps you are allergic to one of the common components of dish soap, and you prefer to avoid it. Or, if you want an unscented version, you can skip adding essential oils or any other added fragrances.

Third, DIY dish soap recipes are often eco-friendly. All the ‘strong’ chemicals are often harmful to the environment, especially to the oceans. Besides, you won’t have to purchase plastic bottles, which are extremely contaminating as well.

Did you know many types of soaps have animal ingredients? For example, if you see sodium tallowate as one of the ingredients, you are, in fact, using tallow (animal fat).

Cleaning products are often tested on animals as well. For obvious reasons, with a DIY dish soap you are free to choose eco-friendly and animal-friendly products.

Last but not least, we know commercial dish soaps are extremely cheap (around $10 a gallon or even less). Creating your own dish soap can be slightly more expensive, but it is cheap nonetheless.

You can buy your ingredients in bulk, which makes it cheaper in the long run. Besides, you skip the cost of bottles and the water required for creating commercial dish soap (yes, cleaning industries are charging you for the water they use!).

Did we convince you to try and create your own dish soap? We hope so! Here are some recipes for you to try.

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How to Make Your Own Basic Liquid Dish Soap

Let’s start with the basics! This is a simple and easy recipe. You are going to need sal suds, white vinegar and water, as well as salt and essential oils.

Sal suds is a type of biodegradable cleaner made with plant-based surfactants. You need surfactants to remove grease and soap from surfaces.

White vinegar, as you know, is a fantastic deodorizer and cleaner. It’s extremely safe to use on many different surfaces, including dishes, utensils and cookware.

And last but not least, we’re going to use salt for thickening, and essential oils for fragrance (this is optional).

Before you start, remember to use gloves, safety goggles and a mask. Work in a well-ventilated space.

To create this basic liquid dish soap, you will need equal parts of warm filtered water, white vinegar and sal suds. (1/2 cup of each is more than enough).

You will also need 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt, and 10 – 15 drops of essential oil (lemon, tea tree or lavender are great choices).

To start this mix, combine warm water and salt until the salt is dissolved. Next, combine sal suds and vinegar until fully combined.

Mix both solutions and voila! Make sure you stir until everything is fully combined. Add essential oils (if using) and store in an amber glass spray bottle.

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How to Make Your Own Dish Soap With Borax

For the next recipe, we’re going to add a few more products, but you’re going to love the results! You’re only going to need a castile bar soap (or whichever natural soap you prefer), borax, and essential oils (again, optional).

Borax is a powdery white substance called sodium borate. It has been used as a cleaning product for many decades. Castile soap is a plant-based surfactant made out of coconut oil or palm oil and caustic soda (don’t worry, it’s safe to use as long as you follow the safety measures).

Heat 1 3/4 cups of water to boiling.

Grate your bar soap until you have around 1 tablespoon. Combine with 1 tbsp of borax and mix.

Pour hot water over the mixture and whisk until the soap is completely melted.

Wait 6 – 8 hours and stir occasionally. Again, transfer to a glass spray bottle, shake well before using, and that’s it!


We hope you enjoyed these recipes! It never hurts to try a new DIY cleaning trick and if you don’t like the results, you can go back to your preferred dish soap.

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