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Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

Homemade 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 eco-friendly liquid soap for just pennies per bottle. 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


  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!

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
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LisaSharp1371605312 LisaSharp1371605312 2 years

You shouldn't mix vinegar and castile soap. http://retrohousewifegoesgreen...

LukasLukass1390379213 LukasLukass1390379213 3 years

I believe it is an eco friendly dish washer, but I do not believe it removes all of the bacteria that can be found on our dishes :) For that reason, I use professional, but friendly for environment cleaner- Indų
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:) For those who are still considering, I can say only one thing- do not save money on your health :)

Andrea15404832 Andrea15404832 3 years
From your pictures it looks like a full cup of a white dry ingredient. Is that the washing soda or the borax? Your recipe only calls for a tablespoon of each. Could this be the reason it's not thickening?
Rhoda15215758 Rhoda15215758 3 years
I am a newcomer to the site I am now getting the info. So far everything looks real good! I will be trying some out very soon. Thank you so much Sarah.
LynnBarron79028 LynnBarron79028 3 years
I've made this twice and it didn't thicken either time. Water was boiling hot. Ingredients were correct measurement. Any suggestions?
Rachel14815564 Rachel14815564 3 years
I could tell you what happened; you combined castile soap and vinegar together. This is a big no no. The soap is basic and will clean grease and grime very well on its own, while vinegar is acidic and will act as a good rinse. You add the two together in a bottle and you end up with a neutral puddle of mush that doesn't do much. I just use castile soap and do a rinse with a little vinegar added to the water; on my dishes, countertops, laundry, my childrens hair, and my hair
Sarah-Lipoff Sarah-Lipoff 3 years
So sorry the dish soap didn't pull together for you Jackie! I'm wondering if your water wasn't hot enough and the Borax didn't incorporate with the washing soda and soap. You can also try placing the hot soap in your fridge and whisking every five minutes while it's cooling.
JackieMcCabe86571 JackieMcCabe86571 3 years
I just made this soap. It is thick and swirly in the middle, but surrounded by water. I have to use more soap every time I get a new dish (sometimes in the middle of one). It's like when it gets too much water on it or has too much to clean off it disappears. Could you possibly tell me what I did wrong?? I really want this to work.
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