I LOVE making things from scratch, but dish soap is an item I’m guilty of purchasing. I’ve tried using diluted Dr. Bronner’s soap for washing my dishes by hand, but it wasn’t what I was looking for in a homemade dish soap – I need to see some suds to know it’s working.
Lately I’ve been taking stock of the things I’m still buying and have been looking for ways to cut those things out of my life – my goal is to be as self-sufficient as I can be. So finding a good homemade dish soap recipe was at the top of my to-do list. After searching through natural homekeeping books and scouring the internet I hit upon a really good recipe. It’s simple, quick, and SAFE!
My gratitude goes out to Andrea of Frugally Sustainable for inspiring me to get into the kitchen and finally make my own dish soap. I tweaked Andrea’s recipe a little bit, so I encourage you to check hers out too – you may find it works very well for you.
It feels good to check something off of my sustainability bucket list! Here’s my take on the recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 Tbs. white vinegar
- 1 Tbs. baking soda
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Add all ingredients into a large glass measuring cup or bowl and mix until well blended. Add mixture into a recycled glass jar or an empty Dr. Bronner’s container like I did. I like to use peppermint Bronner’s because of peppermint’s antiseptic properties. It’s also good for keeping crawling insects and flies away.
Do you make your own dish soap?