Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

31 Days of Spring Cleaning DIYs: Eco-Friendly Liquid Dish Soap

Have you ever noticed there isn't an actual list of ingredients on your dish soap? Instead of tossing down the cash to pick up the top grease-fighting brand, try your hand at making your own for day 17 of our 31 days of Spring cleaning DIYs challenge. And you can personalize this dish soap with your favorite scent, turning washing dishes into a new favorite activity. Repurpose an old container for a fun and cute sink-side cleaning companion.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon washing soda
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Plastic or glass container

Directions:

  1. Gather the ingredients needed for making the liquid dish soap. Both of the main ingredients, Borax and washing soda, can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. Borax is a powerhouse that will leave your dishes seriously clean, and washing soda gives this liquid dish soap extra grease-fighting power.
  1. Measure and add the Borax and washing soda to the mixing bowl along with the liquid castile soap and white vinegar. You can find pure castile soap at your local health food store, and it comes in a variety of scents. We used lavender, which gave our dishwashing liquid a light floral scent. Vinegar helps clean dishes and is a natural antibacterial.
  1. Boil the water and then slowly add in the ingredients, using a whisk to gently incorporate. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil at this time to personalize the scent of the liquid dish soap.
  1. Let the soap come to room temperature before adding to your container. It will thicken as it cools.
  1. Now you are ready to tackle the dishes! This eco-friendly liquid dish soap does a great job at cleaning baked-on pans and leaves glasses spotless. It doesn't suds a ton and isn't harsh on hands.

Looking for other DIY cleaning products? Take a peek at our budget-friendly list!

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