wikiHow to Make Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

Two Methods:Pick Up IngredientsMaking Dish Soap

Not thrilled with the chemicals and unknown additives in commercially generated dish soap? You don’t have to be a slave to consumerism, you can make your own at home using natural ingredients. You don’t need a bunch of exotic or hard to find ingredients either--just old fashioned liquids you probably already have somewhere at home already.

Method 1
Pick Up Ingredients

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    Purchase a gallon of Castile soap. Go for either pre-scented or unscented depending on your preference. Also, you don’t need the entire gallon for one bottle of soap, but if you purchase it in the gallon size you can save money not only from the amount but the gas you’ll need to make multiple trips to the store.
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    Pick up white vinegar and washing soda. These two ingredients are key to banishing grease and get the dishes extra clean.
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    Consider adding an essential oil for a pleasant smell. If your olfactory senses are not a priority you can skip this step. However, if you appreciate the aroma of fresh lemon, mint or lavender while you are stuck in the kitchen doing dishes, this is a wonderful addition to your soap. Go for any of your favorites including tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender or lemon.
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    Buy an empty glass bottle, preferably with a pump or squirt top. Having a pump or squirt top will allow you to ration the amount of soap you use.

Method 2
Making Dish Soap

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    Combine all ingredients at once in a large bowl. Mix 1 ½ cup of hot water, ½ cup of Castile soap, 1 tbsp. white vinegar, 1 tbsp. washing soda and 1/8 tsp. of essential oil.
    • Whisk together until all ingredients are well blended and combined.
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    Allow ample time for mixture to cool. The hot water will heat everything up but also help to blend and mix the ingredients. Let mixture sit in bowl on the counter for as long as it takes to cool.
    • Whisk/mix occasionally to ensure the soap continues to combine.
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    Pour in soap bottle for use. You may want to transfer the liquid from the large bowl to a container that is compatible with the soap bottle (for pouring). Or you can use a plastic funnel and pour the mixture directly from the bowl into the bottle.

Tips

  • If you don’t have access to Castile soap (or are allergic to it) you can substitute it with grated Ivory bar soap. Heat soap peels with water, cool and then integrate into recipe.
  • Increase the anti-bacterial properties of the soap by adding ¼ tsp. of lavender or eucalyptus oil.
  • Cut grease by using lemon or orange essential oil.

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