Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils

Okay, just like pretty much all cleaning, washing dishing is not something I get excited about.

But I AM excited about my homemade dish soap!

Here are some reasons why I love my homemade dish soap (and why I think you’ll love it, too):

  • It’s a powerful cleaner, but it’s super mild and gentle on my sensitive skin
  • No artificial dyes, fragrances, or preservatives
  • Simple to make — only 3 ingredients
  • Makes lots and lots of bubbles (and the bubbles last for an entire sink full of dishes)
  • Cuts through grease
  • Rinses well
  • Works great in both soft and hard water
  • Gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling
  • Smells great!
  • Cheap to make – only pennies for a sink full of dishes

 

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

3 “secret” ingredients that make this homemade dish soap work

  1. Sal Suds (find it here) – This is a concentrated cleaner made with plant-based surfactants that cut through grease and grime, yet is gentle and mild on skin.  I used to use liquid Castile soap, but made the switch to Sal Suds a couple years ago after discovering how much better it worked.  Unlike Castile soap, Sal Suds is a detergent.  There’s some complicated chemical explanations for the differences between soap and detergent, but the important thing to me is that the detergent works MUCH BETTER for washing dishes (and laundry).  Sal Suds makes more bubbles, does a better job of cutting through grease and stuck-on food, and rinses really well (even in hard water).  That means that dishes get squeaky clean.  Silverware is shiny.  Glasses sparkle.
  2. baking soda – I know, adding baking soda to dish soap sounds odd, right?  But it works.  It adds a little scouring power to cut through stuck-on food, but is still super gentle on glasses and dishes.
  3. lemon essential oil – If you’ve ever read any of my other recipes, this ingredient won’t be much of a surprise.  Lemon essential oil is a powerful cleaner (and, of course, it smells amazing!)  I use lemon essential oil in my anti-mold & mildew spray, homemade soft scrub, daily shower spray, wood floor cleaner, dusting spray, wood polish, all-purpose cleaner, and streak-free mirror & window cleaner. (get all the recipes for these 8 lemon essential oil homemade cleaners HERE)

 

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

How to make homemade dish soap?

step 1:  add 1 cup Sal Suds (get it here) to glass bowl

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

step 2: add 1 cup water

(I use distilled water or filtered water that’s been boiling and cooled)

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

step 3:  add 1 teaspoon baking soda

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

step 4: add 20 drops lemon essential oil

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

step 5:  use whisk to mix together ingredients until baking soda is dissolved

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

step 6:  pour into bottle – a cruet like this or a mason pump like this both work great

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

Here’s the Essential Oil Dish Soap Recipe One More Time

add 1 cup Sal Suds (get it here) to glass bowl

add 1 cup water  (I use distilled water or filtered water that’s been boiling and cooled)

add 1 teaspoon baking soda

add 20 drops lemon essential oil

use whisk to mix together ingredients until baking soda is dissolved

pour into bottle – a cruet like this or a mason pump like this both work great

 

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

How to use

  • add 1-2 tablespoons of homemade dish soap to sink
  • then fill sink about halfway full with hot water
  • add dishes to bubbly dish water
  • if dishes are especially greasy or have some stuck-on food, I let them soak in the hot soapy water for a few minutes before scrubbing them
  • wash as normal
  • rinse with water
  • dry (either air drying or towel drying works great with this soap)

 

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

Where to get supplies?

Sal SudsI get mine here

distilled water– sold in jugs in the water aisle at grocery stores, Target, and Walmart.  Or you can use boiled and cooled filtered water.

baking soda– you probably already have this in the pantry.  If not, you can get in the baking aisle at the grocery store.  I get my baking soda in giant bags at Costco because I use baking soda in so many DIY projects like my bath bombs, homemade soft scrub, stinky foot/shoe powder, dishwasher tabs, shower steamers, and more!

a cruet like this or a mason pump like this both look pretty and keep the dish soap handy by the kitchen sink

 

Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

 

If you liked this post, here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

best streak-free window & mirror cleaner

homemade soft scrub

8 recipes for cleaning with lemon essential oil

stinky shoe spray

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Blend Recipes and Free Printable Labels

How to make essential oil inhalers + 24 favorite inhaler recipes

Clever & Creative Ways to Use Empty Essential Oil Bottles

Best deals for essential oil supplies– diffusers cases, spray bottles, carrier oils, essential oil tools

 

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Homemade dish soap with the cleaning power of essential oils. Makes lots and lots of bubbles, cuts through grease, rinses well (even in hard water), gets dishes, silverware, and even glasses squeaky clean and sparkling. And it smells great!

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By | 2017-08-10T21:14:11+00:00 |Essential Oils|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Korkie August 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I noticed that some of your blends are placed in clear bottles. I thought I read somewhere that blends made with essential oils should be in amber or cobalt blue bottles. May I have your thoughts on this? I am interested in making the slave blends you have shared with us. May I ask where you purchased the small metal containers to store them in?

    Thank you

    • Sarah Lewis August 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Korkie,
      You’re right. When you can, you want to keep essential oils out of the light. The UV rays in sunlight degrade essential oils over time and can cause them to lose their therapeutic properties. Amber bottles and other dark colored bottles or containers with a UV coating can help to reduce the amount of UV light that gets to essential oil. Other ways to minimize UV rays getting to essential oils are keeping bottles in dark cupboards, drawers, closets, boxes, etc.
      So a dark amber bottle never hurts. I use some clear jars, bottles, and containers because I keep almost all of my oils and DIY creations in drawers and cupboards in the dark where UV light doesn’t reach them.
      For this dish soap, while it does sit out on my kitchen counter (in sunlight), I feel fine using clear glass since the lemon essential oil is primarily for scent and degreasing (and not therapeutic uses like it would be in a diffuser blend or roller bottle). But a dark amber bottle definitely wouldn’t hurt.
      Hope that helps a little.
      I got the tins I use for the salves and rubs from The Container Store. You can also find similar tins at most craft stores and on Amazon. If you need a lot of tins, then papermart.com has the best price I’ve found.
      Sarah

  2. Lori August 17, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Can this soap be used in a foaming pump dispenser, or will the baking soda stick in the pump mechanism or prevent it from foaming? Great post, though, as always! I will definitely be trying this!

    • Sarah Lewis August 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I would leave out the baking soda if you use it in a foaming pump dispenser. I’ve used it in a regular soap pump dispenser, and it’s worked just fine even with the baking soda, but I think it might clog in a foaming one.

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