How to Make Your Own Dish Soap – BEST Liquid Dish Soap Recipe

Looking for a cheap, natural dish soap that actually works? Try making your own! I’ve been using this soap in my kitchen for over a year now, and it has been tried, tested, and approved. This soap has great suds, works as well as any mainstream liquid dish soap, and smells amazing too. The best part is the ingredients are totally safe for your family.

Homemade dish soap

I’m a pretty DIY person, but dish soap was never really something that I thought about making myself. However, after my first daughter was born, I started to get a little more conscious about the products used in our home. I gradually began removing harmful fragrances, synthetic dyes, parabens, and phthalates from our daily-used products. My top priority was to examine anything that would be inhaled or absorbed into the body. This included my dish soap. If you’re preparing and cleaning up multiple meals a day for your family, you likely have your hands plunged into a sink of soapy water a few times a day as well. And unless you wear kitchen gloves, the ingredients in your dish soap can be absorbed through the skin.

I learned that the soap I was using at the time, iconic blue and touted good for the environment, earned a whopping “D” from the EWG’s product database. I was in search of a better alternative and tried a few more natural products on the market. They did a decent job, but the price was a lot higher than what was in our budget. I needed a better alternative that worked well and had clean ingredients for an affordable price. So, I set out to try my hand at making my own.

In this post, we will discuss how you can make your own liquid dish soap. This homemade dish soap is easy, economical, and contains clean ingredients for your family. It also gives you the chance to customize it to your preferences. We’ll cover the best ingredients, provide step-by-step instructions, and offer some tips for a successful soap-making experience.

Ingredients

  • Warm distilled water – Distilled water is recommended as it contains no minerals or bacteria. Water should be warm to dissolve other ingredients.
  • White vinegar – Vinegar is highly acidic in nature, which makes it excellent for breaking down grease and grime. It’s also strong enough to kill bacteria.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – This is what brings the suds. It’s a concentrated cleaning solution made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir and spruce essential oils. It contains no synthetic dyes, fragrances, or preservatives.
  • Kosher salt – Salt is used as a thickening agent to produce liquid soap with a creamy vs. runny consistency.
  • Vegetable glycerin – This ingredient is optional but recommended. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it preserves moisture in the skin. Vinegar and Sal Suds do an excellent job cutting grease, which is great for your pots and pans, not so great for your hands. Adding a little bit of glycerin can avoid drying out your hands after a sink of dishes.
  • Essential oil – Choose your favorite type of oil. Citrus oils are a good choice because they have cleansing properties and can naturally cut grease. We use orange essential oil, which produces a delightful, clean scent.
Homemade dish soap ingredients

Directions

Step 1:
Add warm distilled water, vinegar, and Sal Suds to a bowl. Pour in kosher salt and whisk to thicken.

Mixing homemade dish soap

Step 2:
Add vegetable glycerin and essential oil, and whisk to combine.
Pour into a reusable soap container. Use 1-2 squirts of soap in a sink of water.

Using homemade dish soap

Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

Looking for a cheap, natural dish soap that actually works? This soap has great suds, works as well as any mainstream liquid dish soap, and smells amazing too with ingredients that are totally safe for your family.
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Ingredients

  • ½ C warm distilled water
  • ½ C vinegar
  • ½ C Sal Suds
  • 1 T vegetable glycerin
  • 25 drops essential oil

Instructions

  • Add warm distilled water, vinegar, and Sal Suds to a bowl. Pour in kosher salt and whisk to thicken.
  • Add vegetable glycerin and essential oil, and whisk to combine. Pour into a reusable soap container. Use 1-2 squirts of soap in a sink of water.

Making your own dish soap is an easy way to save money and reduce chemicals in your home. By following our recipe, you can mix up your own dish soap with natural ingredients that will make your dishes shine!

Ready to get started? Gather your ingredients and give our recipe a try today! Don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know how it went.

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