How to Make Your Own Dish Washing Soap

Ingredients to make soap.
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What You'll Need
2 cups powdered borax (usually found in the laundry section of your supermarket)
2 cups baking soda,
1 cup kosher salt, and
4 tbsp. of either citric acid or of any sugar free powdered lemonade drink mix
Liquid castile soap
White vinegar
Lemon essential oil

With dishwashing soap available in nearly every supermarket, why would you want to make your own? The fact is, some commercial dishwashing soaps and dish detergents contain chemicals that may clean your dishes, but are harmful to the environment. Other “all-natural” dishwashing soaps are better for the environment, but often these environmentally friendly soaps are expensive. Making your own dishwashing soap not only is easier on the environment, but on your wallet as well.

Making dishwashing soap is also easy to do, whether you need powdered soap for a dishwasher or liquid soap to wash up by hand. Almost all of the ingredients can be found in any supermarket.

Gather Ingredients

The borax and baking soda are both powerful cleansers, while the kosher salt is mildly abrasive and also loosens tough dirt. The citric acid or powdered lemonade mix will help keep any residue or film from sticking to your dishes; citric acid can sometimes be found in health food stores, while the powdered lemonade mix is in most supermarkets. Make sure that you are using sugar-free lemonade as lemonade mix which contains sugar could leave deposits on your dishes instead.

How to Make and Use Your Homemade Dish Detergent

To make your powdered dish detergent, simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, then pour it into a glass jar for storing.

To use your homemade dish detergent, simply pour it into the dish detergent receptacle in your dishwasher. Use as much of your homemade detergent as you would use of any other commercial detergent. If your dishwasher has a receptacle for a rinsing agent, use white vinegar instead – it works better with your homemade dish detergent.

What You Need for Homemade Liquid Dishwashing Soap

For liquid dishwashing soap, you will need liquid castile soap, which you can find in most drug stores and supermarkets, and white vinegar. For extra grease-cutting properties, you will also need a small bottle of lemon essential oil. The castile soap does most of the cleaning. The vinegar and the essential oil both cut grease on your dishes – plus the essential oil will have a wonderful lemon scent. Essential oils can be found in many drug stores, or in health food stores.

How to Make and Use Your Homemade Liquid Dishwashing Soap

Mix together 2 cups of the castile soap, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and about 15 drops of the lemon essential oil. Store in a plastic squeeze bottle by your sink and use the same way you would any other dishwashing liquid.

Don’t worry if your homemade dishwashing liquid doesn’t make as many suds as commercial liquids. Often commercial dishwashing liquids add extra ingredients that don’t do anything but make suds, so you “know they’re working.” Your homemade dishwashing liquid may not make as many suds—but will still work just as well.