diy dish soap

as per your crunchy requests, i’m here to share how i make my dish soap. it seems weird that we haven’t talked about this before, huh? i’d LOVE to hear what you use, too, so please leave your recipes in the comments!

diy dish soap - easy to make and tough on grime

we’re gonna go over 3 ways i make my dish soap (which of course aren’t the “end all”, but are very simple ways to switch over to more natural soap).

using liquid soap

this method is really, super fast, but is more expensive than creating dish soap from a bar.

what you need:

– 1 1/2 cups distilled water
– 1/3 cup liquid castile soap (unscented or with essential oils)

how to:

1. pour both into the container you’re going to hold the soap in.
2. shake and use. done!


using a solid soap bar to make liquid soap

this method takes the most time, but yields greater quantities and is cheaper.

what you need:

– 5 cups distilled water
– 1/4 bar of grated castile soap (unscented or with essential oils)

how to:

1. bring your water to a boil
2. add in your soap flakes and EOs
3. stir until the soap is completely melted
4. let cool and pour into container. use accordingly!


using a solid soap bar 

this method takes the least amount of effort. it’s a no-brainer! 🙂

what you need:

– castile soap bar
– soap sleeve/soap mitt

how to:

1. put the soap bar inside the soap sleeve.
2. wet, lather, use. voila!



  • i like to use tea tree oil soap for some extra antibacterial action. don’t be afraid to play around with different oils. only add 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon total, however. grapefruit or eucalyptus essential oils are also great for added antibac power. orange, lemon, and lime are great for cutting through the goopy, greasy things.
  • you can use pre-scented soaps (like citrus, tea tree oil, etc) instead of mixing in your own EOs.
  • do Not add vinegar to this soap mix. it will unsaponify the oils in the castile soap. this will make it cloudy, gunky, and prone to leaving lots of film on your dishes.
  • used distilled water only. the slightest hard water can cause the soap mixtures to become cloudy and sort of “slimy.” it’s the worst! ask me how i know…
  • if you have hard water spots or deposits from the soap, a quick dip in a vinegar rinse and a wipe-down with a microfiber cloth will do the trick! mix 1 part vinegar to roughly 8 parts water for the rinse. voila!
  • thinking about adding washing soda to this? maybe think again… just pay attention to the amounts you’re using. washing soda is alkaline in nature and can burn the skin on your hands (or at the very least, dry them out). adding 1/2 tbs max to these above recipes will be diluted enough to not hurt you, but will be enough to help cut through the grime.

let us know what you think about these easy recipes! also, leave YOUR recipes below!


5 thoughts on “diy dish soap

  1. Does the kiss my face soap bars count as castile soap? They were on your list of safe soaps to use, but im not sure how to determine if it is castile! Thank you!

  2. Hi! I’m just wondering something about rinse only method, I started a month ago, and before that I was using the conditioning only-method with a conditioner that didn’t have any silicones in it. My question is now – do i still need to clarify? Thanks!

  3. Can’t wait to try these! I’ve been blogging about going all natural by the end of this year & my time is running out!! Thank you so much!!

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