craft project :: DIY dish soap

image via princess red

According to, homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterparts.

Everybody needs dish soap right? It’s one of those basic necessities that people add to the shopping list and assume you have to buy from the grocery store. Ranging anywhere between $2.00 to $5.00, a bottle of dish soap isn’t that expensive, but every now and then, the stick-it-to-the-man feeling washes (excuse the pun!) over me and I end up revising my dish soap concoction. Super simple to follow and a great way to use up those left ove rpieces of soap!

Making your own dish soap is great for people that have allergies and sensitive skin. Unlike edible products, cleaning products do not have to list their ingredients. By making your own formula, you know exactly what is going inside it.

* 2 cups of soap shavings (cut up pieces as fine as possible)
* 2 cups of hot water
* 1 bowl large enough to hold the soap and water together
* 1/2 cup of lemon juice or white vinegar
* Squeeze bottle or container with a hand pump (I didn’t have a suitable container, so I used a mason jar I had on hand and later added a hand pump recycled from an old shampoo container)

Step One:
Using a sharp knife, cut your soap as fine as possible. The smaller you are able to cut the soap, the better your consistency will be. For the picture above, I used some left over soap that I picked up from a recent hotel stay. You can use new soap or as I mentioned above, left over soap pieces. **

Step Two:
Place soap shavings in our bowl and add 2 cups of hot water. Let the mixture sit overnight to soften. You will notice that the soap pieces will begin gelling together.

Step Three:
Give the mixture a good stir. Don’t worry if you find some large chunks of left over soap pieces. I used a slotted spoon and removed any large pieces or try using a masher to break down chunks.

Step Four:
Measure 1/2 cup of lemon juice or white vinegar to the mixture to help fight grease. Add it slowly to reach the desired consistency.

Step Five:
It’s ready to use! Pour the completed mixture into your container. Mix / shake well before using as the soap and vinegar / lemon juice may have a tendency to separate.

Tip: For stubbon stains, use baking soda as a scouring powder. Soak pots and pans in a baking soda and vinegar mixture to eliminate stains, odours and built up grease.

** I prefer to use unscented soap or ones with just a hint of scent. However, feel free to add 2 to 3 drops of your favourite essential oils to your finished dish soap.

** This recipe is not for use in the dishwasher. Visit stain removal 101 for homemade dishwasher recipes or visit Change Everything for other recipes on making your own non-toxic cleaners.

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