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Dish soap is one of those strangely, deeply personal household items. People get very attached to their dish soap when they find one they like. I myself am more concerned with the earth friendly aspect (first) and cost effectiveness (second). I have never gotten attached to any one brand, so the transition to homemade dish soap was pretty painless for me. This makes a great product that is a little thinner then commercial dish soap. Check the tips below to see how you can thicken it if this is a big issue for you to try homemade dish soap.

Source: Do It Gorgeously

Makes: enough to fill one recycled dish soap container

1 ½ cups boiling water
1 Tablespoon washing soda (sodium carbonate)
½ cup liquid castile soap (Bronner’s unscented)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon essential oil (I like lemon, lavender, or grapefruit)


  1. Pour boiling water into a heat-proof container (like a mason jar)
  2. Add the washing soda and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the castile soap and vinegar and stir
  4. Allow to cool and add the oils of your choice
  5. Pour into one of the following: a squeeze bottle, empty dish soap container, olive oil dispenser, or container with a pump top


  • To thicken the dish soap: add 1 Tb. of grated soap to the hot water and stir until totally dissolved.
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