Homemade dish soap is easy and inexpensive to make. This formula comes from my friend Sacha Dunn, founder of the fabulous natural cleaning supply company Common Good. Essential oils are available in health-food stores, craft stores, and online. Vegetable glycerin is available in some grocery stores and drugstores and online.–Paul Lowe
LC Swooning Alert! Note
Swooning Alert! If you’re the sort of home cook who swoons to dish soap that’s gentle on the hands, free from chemicals or unpronounceable ingredients, and pleasantly unscented or mildly aromatic, we have a hunch you’re about to change your life and start making this homemade dish soap. It lacks a lot of incomprehensible preservatives and petroleum and other pretty petrifying things, so it doesn’t have as many suds as standard dish soap. But don’t let that fool you—it still does the trick. It’s particularly perfect for delicate china and glassware, though it’s effective for everyday sorts of dishwashing as well. If you’re about to tackle a crusty lasagna pan or brownie baking dish with lots of baked-on chocolate goodness, you may find it necessary to reach for an extra squirt of this soap and a scrubber. Anyways, we like it. And we swear our hands have gotten softer since we started using this homemade dishwashing soap. Seriously.
Homemade Dish Soap Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Makes about 2 cups
- Container to hold your soap (I like to use an old glass jar but you can use a plastic squeeze container or a pump container)
- 6 tablespoons unscented liquid Castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
- 5 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
- 2 cups cold water
- 1. In the container, combine the Castile soap, glycerin, and essential oil, if using.
- 2. Top with the water and gently mix. Keep at room temperature. You may need to stir to recombine prior to using.
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Homemade Dish Soap Recipe © 2014 Paul Lowe. Photo © 2014 Alexandra Grablewski. All rights reserved.