Homemade Natural Dish Soap

Homemade Natural Dish Soap

Back in February I shared a blog post filled with my favorite zero waste cleaning supplies and recipes. Changing up our cleaning habits has been a lot easier than I thought it would be, especially when it's so easy to reach for a bottle of windex when you're out and about at the grocery store. For the most part, we clean solely with distilled white vinegar and essential oils. The floors, the bathroom, the windows... It all gets a healthy dose of vinegar! But what about the dishes? What do we do about those? When we first moved to Iowa three summers ago (whaaat! it doesn't seem that long yet still so short!) the tiny house we moved into didn't have a dishwasher. I can remember reading the listing for the house and it said, "portable dishwasher included." WHAT. It was one of those old school plug-in dishwashers, and we were all laughing. I am kind of wishing we had opted in for that deal, though, because two years of washing dishes by hand can teach you things. It makes it easier when you don't have very many dishes to begin with. 

Now, at the farmhouse, we have a dishwasher again. But there are many days where I end up forgetting that it's a part of our kitchen because I'll find myself halfway through hand washing dishes and saying, "well... crap." We started making our own homemade dish soap a while back, and we love it! At first I was just using Dr. Bronner's liquid Castile soap, but I found that it left our dishes with a weird film on them and kind of streaky. After mixing in a few added ingredients, we solved the issue! This recipe works really well for everyday use. I'll have to come up with a good solution for our dishwasher next!

How to Make 

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon washing soda
  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil (or any other oil you prefer)
  1. Pour all ingredients together in an amber glass bottle with a pump. 
  2. Give it a good shake!
  3. Pump and wash your dishes. The end!

Easy peasy! I love a recipe where I already have everything in the pantry. I feel like most homemade cleaning recipes and healing recipes as well have this going for them. Once you start stock piling the ingredients, you find so many useful things to make! I use doTERRA essential oils and love them. If you'd like to learn more about their company and oils, click here! Have fun whipping this up.

xoxo Kayla


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