Update: So the jury is undecided on homemade dish soap. It seems to work for some and not at all for others. Thanks to a comment from Kristine, I believe the trouble starts right at the beginning when you mix soap (a base) with vinegar or lemon juice (acids). I’m going to try my hardest to find a solution and will update this post as soon as I do. I would hate to disappoint all you lovely Pinterest visitors!
We ran out of dishsoap the other day and even though I visited a number of stores, I kept forgetting to buy more. It didn’t take long for dishes to start piling up and when I had to eat my soup with a serving spoon, I knew something had to be done.
A quick search on the internet led me to Bonzai Aphrodite’s recipe for dishsoap. Super easy and if you’re already into alternative cleaners, you’ll have all the necessary ingredients on hand! All you need is Castille soap and water. If you have unscented Castille soap, you can always add a few drops of essential oils (mint, lemon, etc). I used Dr. Bronner’s in Almond and it smells absolutely divine after we wash dishes now. Like someone washed the walls with Amaretto, yum! I also added a couple tablespoons of vinegar to help cut through any grease.
I should mention that a natural dishsoap, by it’s very nature, won’t lather up as much as commercial products and doesn’t cut grease as quickly due to the absence of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. While most experts agree that SLS cannot be directly linked to cancer, as once suspected, it is still pretty harsh on your skin and if you live in the desert like I do, you need all the help you can get. Plus, you know exactly what’s going into a homemade dish soap. I really like that idea considering some of my favorite people in the world eat off these plates!
I knew I was going to forget the actual measurements of the ingredients so I made up a little label for my reused dishsoap container. I just used sticky-backed laminating sheets to affix it to the bottle. We’ll see how long it lasts. Feel free to download the label off of my Scribd accounttoo!
Homemade Dish Soap
2 cups Castile soap
6 tbsp water
2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice