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Homemade Dish Soap Recipes

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Making your own dish soap can be a great way to save money. You will also be reducing the amount of chemicals and dyes you utilize in your household. This is a guide about homemade dish soap recipes.
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October 4, 2011

How many of you use vinegar to augment your ordinary dish soap? The idea is simple. Find a large pump squirt bottle and fill it half and half with vinegar and water. Add in a squirt of your favorite store bought bio-degradable dish soap and use your new pump bottle mixture to wash your dishes in cold water. Yup, you read me correctly, cold water!

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Save on hot water bills and also on store bought dish soap. Try it and and see for yourselves!

Source: I tried mixing a few products together and vinegar mixed with water and ordinary bio-degradable dish soap proved to be a winner. That makes me the source of this tip.

By Joseph R. from Laval, Quebec, Canada

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June 3, 2015

I am trying to eliminate unwanted toxins and chemicals from our home. I decided to begin with products that we use and breathe in on a daily basis and go from there. Since dishes are being washed 24-7 by yours truly, it seemed like a logical thing to tackle next. Plus I was all out, I needed it.

This is easy to make and much less expensive than the all natural type products available at health food stores. Not only that, and much more importantly, it works really well! I tried making dish soap a long time ago and was very unhappy. But this recipe lathers wonderfully. I plan on getting one of those cute Mason jars with a pump, till then, my old plastic bottle will do. Hope you enjoy trying your hand at this!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups

Source: Pinterest inspired

Supplies:

  • 1 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp grated bar soap, I used Ivory
  • 38 drops rosemary essential oil
  • cheese grater
  • empty container
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Steps:

  1. Begin by grating your bar soap. I chose Ivory because it is pretty pure and free of dyes and artificial perfumes. Store the remaining soap in an airtight container, clearly labeled, for future batches.
  2. In a large bowl, add your castile soap, baking soda, bar soap and oil. I added 38 drops. You may want to add less. I really enjoy the strong smell. I like the whole kitchen to smell of rosemary when I'm washing dishes. You may want to use only half the amount of drops.
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  4. Pour your hot water slowly over your mixture, whisking gently.
  5. I ended up transferring the mixture to a small pot and gently whisking over medium heat for only about 2 minutes in order to melt the remaining soap bits.
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  7. Pour back into your bowl and allow to cool for about an hour. Using a funnel, transfer to your container.
  8. Enjoy! Don't be fooled by how "watery" this is. It lathers very well and a little goes a long way!
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April 15, 2008

After looking on many sites to find homemade hand dish detergent, I finally decided to make my own.

Put shredded soap in 4 1/2 - 5 quarts of water and stir and melt. After melted turn stove off and add the other ingredients. Stir and wait till it cools before pouring into containers with lids.

Use as you would use other dish detergents. This doesn't suds very well, but it sure does clean. I also keep a scrap piece of Octagon by the sink for really tough jobs.

Another tip I use is 1/8 cup of vinegar in the rinse water.

I hope others will enjoy this recipe and also save money!

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June 22, 20120 found this helpful

I have trouble with dry skin. What can I use in my dishwashing soap to make my hands softer?

By Patricia K.

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June 23, 20120 found this helpful

Every time your hands touch water, dry them thoroughly, then apply a dab of hand lotion. Also do this when your hands haven't got wet but still feel too dry. I have the same problem. I like Vaseline intensive care the best but I will use other kinds too. Keep a small tube of hand lotion with you when you go somewhere too. Apply any time your hands start to feel dry.

I go through a large bottle of hand lotion in a month and the carry where you go tubes in about two weeks. A large bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care is less than $4 and it is worth it to keep your hands feeling soft and moist. Just a little extra tip: Don't pet a dog or cat when you have lotion on your hands. I did that. Yuck!

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

Use rubber gloves. Keep your hands out of water. Good luck

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July 27, 2011

How do you make homemade dish soap? I know it involves baking powder but I don't know what the other ingredients are. Please let me know

By Loleini

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

It is not baking powder. It is baking Soda. Baking soda will help remove stains and acts as a bleach. I am not sure about making baking soda dish liquid. But you can reduce your cost on the dish liquid you use by using baking soda or white vinegar in your dishes. If you have a build up of grease, hot water and white vinegar can help break it down. Hope this helps.

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August 3, 20130 found this helpful

Here is a recipe I found on Google for it. For recipes requiring home made lye soap, I substitute Ivory. If things need the benefit of baking soda, I just rinse whatever it is and sprinkle a bit on there. Wait a while and then rinse if off and wash as usual. Most recipes with the dish washing detergent are for dishwashers.

http://frugally  oap-that-really/

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November 12, 2010

I would like to know how to make dish washing soap.

By mgramasah from Malaysia

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

TSP (Tri-Sodium-Phosphate) plus hand soap remnants work very well for a powerful dish soap, that is gentle on the hands.

Collect the small remnants of hand soap and when you have two cups full, simmer them with some water in a stainless steel one gallon pot, until they are dissolved. Add cool water and a couple tablespoons of TSP. Stir well.
Fill the results into a dish-washing soap pumper and a gallon jug.

Works well for floor and wall cleaning too.

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

For dry hands-wear thin cotton gloves under rubber gloves to avoid the sweating that causes moisture and strips oils. Williams and Sonoma, a store that is found many places or has a catalog, sells cotton lined gloves for $12.99, but they last longer than regular unlined gloves that get finger punctures. they are great for dry skin.

I also put lotion and vaseline or coconut oil on top of the lotion on my hands and wear cotton gloves at night. Keep a bottle of your favorite lotion fortified with olive oil or almond oil on a shelf and frequently rub a bit on your hands throughout the day.

I also wash my hands in this lotion when they are dirty except of course for food prep or after the toilet. The lotion is good enough for these purposes except as stated. Also wear gloves for all wet work and use disposable gloves for cutting up vegetables or cooking with wet foods-all this contributes to dry hands. I buy the disposable gloves at Amazon.com. you can buy 500 or more real cheap.

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January 17, 20150 found this helpful

Do you have a recipe for powdered dish soap for hand washing dishes? I'm looking for a frugal dish soap that is in the form of a powder. I love DIY powdered dishwasher soap and powdered laundry soap! I live in a small apartment and storage is at a premium and having powdered soap would be very convenient.

By Vicki W.

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August 24, 20130 found this helpful

Are you talking about "distilled white" vinegar? I would only assume you don't mean "apple cider" vinegar.

By TB

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