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homemade dish soap

Homemade Dish Soap


  • ½ c soap flakes*
  • 2 c water
  • ½ tbsp washing soda
  • 1/4 c vinegar
  • 8-15 drops each of lemon, lime, grapefruit & orange essential oils


  1. Boil water on medium heat.
  2. Once boiling, slowly add soap flakes and stir with a whisk.
  3. Add washing soda slowly and stir with whisk.
  4. Remove mixture from heat.
  5. Pour in vinegar.
  6. Add essential oils.
  7. Let this mixture cool for about a half an hour.
  8. Pour into wide mason jar.
  9. Let sit for a few hours to thicken, stirring occasionally.*
  10. Pour into squeezable dish soap bottle if desired.

Recipe Notes

*This homemade dish soap may seem quite watery to begin with, but it will thicken after a few hours. The reason it is important to store this homemade dish soap in a jar for a few hours initially, as well as to stir it occasionally, is because it gets very thick. If you pour it into the squeezeable dish soap bottle right way, after a few hours, you won’t be able to squeeze it out. Don't let it thicken too much before pouring it into your squeezable bottle either. Otherwise, it will take a long time to get it in the bottle (yes I've done this, with a funnel and a wooden spoon, ugh!).