Do It Yourself: Homemade Non-Toxic Dish Soap

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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?

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  2. melissa on June 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm said:

    I have made this a few times, exactly as stated, I can’t get a correct amount to use either.I have tried using a TBS, sometimes I don’t measure and add three huge squirts (I am using an old dish soap bottle). This is real runny, so a lot comes out at a time. I have to use a TON to cut the grease and rinse in the hottest water you can stand.

  3. Excited to try this! How much do you use at a time? And how well do you feel it cuts grease? Thanks!

  4. Cecilia on August 27, 2012 at 6:08 am said:

    Castile soap doesn’t suds naturally. If you want suds you have to add like coconut milk or something of the like to it ;)

  5. Chellie on August 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm said:

    I tried this exactly as written and did not really have a film issue as discussed in an earlier comment, as soon as I dried the dishes with my bar towel came out great. However, I cant seem to get it to suds up…..

  6. Lindsey on July 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm said:

    I have tried two different dish soap recipes similar to this one and they BOTH have come out leaving a nasty greasy film on my dishes. I’ve even tried rinsing my dishes in vinegar water. Are you getting this result too?

  7. Great recipe. I have been making our own for about a year now and love it!!

  8. Thank you for sharing! I have been wanting to do something with Dr. Bronner’s soap and now I have a perfect recipe!
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