There are many reasons that you may be interested in making your own dish soap. Maybe you’re looking to limit your use of potentially harmful chemicals, or you could be looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s possible that you simply can’t stand the faux citrus scents that emanate from the brightly colored store-bought soaps.
Making your own dish soap is also cost effective, and a fun project for people who enjoy getting a little crafty. Here’s what you need to know for a top-of-the-line homemade dish soap that will cut through the grease on even those most stubborn pots and pans, while still being easy on your hands:
Dish soap is a great way to utilize those little soap scraps that are always left behind when you begin using a new bar. However, if you don’t hold on to those scraps for future projects, you can grate any bar of soap. However, you’ll want to use all of the same scent, or a completely unscented bar so your dish soap doesn’t end up smelling mismatched! Use a bar that’s made with olive oil for its moisturizing properties. This soap will spend a lot of time on your hands so you want to make sure it won’t dry them out.
You’ll also need liquid soap, super washing soda, glycerin and an essential oil. You can also use Borax if you’re looking for an extra grease-cutting hand. According to Nature’s Nurture, in order to make your own washing soda, all you need to do is bake a layer of baking soda for about a half hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also find it in some cleaning supply aisles, but making it is a good way to know exactly what’s going into your homemade dish soap.
Hello Glow offered some very simple steps that just about anyone can follow to make their own dish soap! Since you’re not working with lye, the only dangerous part of the process is the oven and boiling water, so children shouldn’t make it on their own. Here’s how to do it:
- Boil two cups of water.
- Add your soap scraps or shredded soap and stir it until it dissolves.
- Pour liquid soap, washing soda, glycerin and your essential oil into the soapy mix and stir it until fully combined.
- Allow it to set for at least a day after pouring it into a bottle. Choose a bottle with a pump or a spout so it’s easy to get the soap out when you wash dishes.
“Citrus oils are best for cutting grease.”
Why essential oils?
Essential oils are a great way to add scent to your soap, but that’s not their only purpose. Citrus oils are best for cutting grease – which is why so many commercial brands are lemon-scented – so this is a natural way to ensure your dish soap will be just as effective as a commercial brand. If those scents aren’t your favorite and grease isn’t a factor you’re concerned with, you can use any other essential oil as well.
Chances are, you’ll find that your dish soap gets thicker as time goes on. If you have a difficult time getting the soap out of your bottle, all you need to do is add some warm water to the mix and shake it up. The more water you add, though, the more you’ll need to use to get the same effect because the cleaning agents won’t be as concentrated. On the flip side, if your soap turns out too runny, heat it up again and mix some more washing soda.
You will also likely realize that the dish soap doesn’t produce a very rich lather or bubbles. This doesn’t mean it isn’t working, though! You’ll still see that your dishes come out clean and free of water stains. After washing a few dishes with this mix, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try making your own dish soap sooner!