How to Make Dish Soap From Scratch


To avoid harsh ingredients in your dish soap, try making your own dishwashing liquid at home. Washing dishes without all the added chemicals in today's commercial dish soaps that can dry skin, results in softer hands. An added benefit of making your own dish soap is the option to customize its scent to your liking, by using the fragrant essential oils you prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups liquid Castile soap
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 5 drops essential oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Funnel
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Measure the Castile soap and pour into the mixing bowl. Slowly add the water so none splashes out of the bowl. Mix thoroughly until the soap and water are combined.

  • Measure the lemon juice and add it to the soap and water mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Using one or a combination of multiple scents of essential oils, add a total of 5 drops to the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Take a sniff to see if the scent is to your liking. Feel free to add a few more drops of essential oil(s) if you prefer.

  • Add the white vinegar to the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly until completely blended.

  • Remove the lid from the squeeze bottle. Place the funnel into the bottle opening. Pour the mixture into the bottle. Remove funnel and replace cap onto bottle.

  • Close cap and shake thoroughly before you use the soap every time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use proper precautions when working with any kind of soap to avoid injury.

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