I’ve been making my own cleaning solutions and laundry detergent for over a year now. There’s just something about having full control of what goes on and in the products, I use in my household. Especially now that I have a two-year-old on a hardcore pica kick (I’ve been told it’s totally normal) and an infant who spends most of her time absorbing everything around her. So what goes in my cleaning solutions is super important.
This DIY homemade dish soap recipe has been used in both my dishwasher and hand washing, which is preferred when the sink isn’t overloaded and has held up to my family of five’s massive dish production. I use both lavender and rose-scented Castile soaps and the scent fills the house when dishes are done, only adding to its versatility.
First you’ll need a few things:
- A container to store the soap in (we use leftover squeeze bottles from prior soap expenditures)
- Washing Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Woods 64oz from swansonvitamins.com)
- Lemon Juice (I prefer lemon juice vs citric acid but you can use citric acid as well)
- A funnel so that you can pour everything in and not make a mess.
Castile soap is pretty concentrated, so you can cut it with a 1:1 ratio of water and soap. However, from my experience, that creates a lot of suds and can potentially fill your dishwasher and kitchen floor with suds.
Since washing soda can leave a light film on your dishes in the dishwasher, it does ours, we use white vinegar in the “Jet Dry” dispenser to help offset that film, clean the dishwasher while it washes as well as prevent hard water stains.
Because this homemade dish soap doesn’t carry some of the ingredients found in commercial dish detergents, you need to shake it before every use. A little soap goes a very long way.
This recipe doesn’t dilute the Castile soap on a 1:1 ratio so it has a viscosity very similar to that found in commercial soaps. Which I personally enjoy, but you can cut it if it’s too concentrated for you.
If you choose not to add any moisturizing oil to this recipe, it can be drying on the hands. It isn’t bad but it can be annoying. This recipe also works really well for cleaning around the house.
I use it to mop my floors, clean my bathrooms, and clean my kitchen. Since we use pre-scented Castile soap, it fills the entire house which is an added plus as it cuts down on air fresheners used.