Homemade dish soap

February 24, 2012

Cleaning, Home and Garden, Recipes

It is easy to make your own dish-soap with these recipes that will leave your dishes sparkling.

Do you ever wonder if you can make homemade dish soap and save money? Yes, you can, and it is actually quite simple. Here are two easy dish-soap recipes for you to try that will leave your dishes sparkling.

With either of these two dish-soap recipes, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make them smell better. If you use the lemon juice, you may not need the essential oil. Bottled lemon juice works just fine.

Homemade Castile Dish Soap


  • 2 cups of Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water


Pour all ingredients into a clean, empty dish-soap bottle and shake until well combined. Before each use, shake well to combine all ingredients. The lemon juice or vinegar will help to cut through the grease on your dishes.

Homemade Dish Soap


  • 1/4 cup soap flakes or bar-soap shavings
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar


Get out a sturdy sauce pan. Add the water and soap flakes, and slowly heat over medium heat. Stir the mixture and continue heating until all the soap flakes are melted into the water. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce the heat, if needed. Allow the soap mixture to cool a bit; then stir in the lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit in the pot until it is completely cooled; then pour it into an old, but clean dish-soap bottle.


Source: www.hillbillyhousewife.com/laundry.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 1, Feb/Mar 2011.

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