DIY Dish Soap

Everyone uses liquid dish soap so why not make your own non-toxic dish soap? If you love natural products, clean dishes, and want to skip the harsh chemicals of traditional store bought liquid soaps, then this DIY a great choice and easy to make.

This super simple recipe is great for removing grease, adding shine, and waking up your senses.  If you don’t have these exact essential oils, use what you do have, although I recommend keeping the Lemon in the recipe.  You can substitute any citrus, or even On Guard.

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Benefits of Making Your Own Homemade Non Toxic Dish Soap

When you make your own dishwashing liquid soap you are saving money over conventional dish soaps which are store bought and can contain toxic chemicals, harsh preservatives, and synthetic fragrances.

These harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances act as endocrine disruptors which wreak havoc on your hormones and cause health problems. This is especially important if you care for young children or elderly or anyone with sensitive skin.

The good news is that making your own homemade dish soap with plant-based ingredients, will help you avoid potential skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other adverse health effects which can build up over time due to the harmful ingredients in many dish soap brands.

Natural products always lead to a healthier, better life.

Ingredient List & Supplies for your DIY Liquid Dish Soap

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a gentle all natural cleaner made from a plant-based formula and biodegradable ingredients. Castile soap can be used for many DIY projects including many personal care products and body washes. Check out this DIY Bodywash recipe to make your own.

I recommend using an unscented version.

The Quinn’s Castile soap from Amazon is very popular and a favorite! Even Khloe Kardashian loves it!

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Dr. Bronner is another great brand that I highly recommend.

Glass Bottle for your homemade liquid dish soap

Normally, I recommend glass containers for anything with essential oils in them. That’s because the essential oils can eat through the plastic. They work wonderfully and in tandem with biologic cells in our body, but not so much with plastic.

This rust proof mason jar with a pump is a super cute glass container that will look fabulous on your counter next to your kitchen sink!

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Since this is a dishwashing soap, you may prefer to have a squeeze bottle for this.  If you are trying to go for zero waste, you could re-use an old liquid dish soap container.   Make sure to use PET or 5 – check the bottom of the container.  

Essential Oils can break down plastic bottles over time so you want to make sure to use either glass or the right type of plastic.  

Even Better – You could use the container the castile soap comes in!  Just add your oils right to the container!

Essential Oils for your DIY Dish Soap

I usually use Citrus Oils for this. Lime and Lemon essential oils have amazing cleaning power and can dissolve grease and most baked on messes.  

You could also add some Lavender.  Lemon and Lavender together is a scrumptious combo!

Play around and use what appeals to you, but I definitely recommend keeping Lime or Lemon as your base because of their ability to cut through grease.

Lemon Essential Oil cuts through grease and baked on food

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Lemon essential oil is wonderful for cutting through baked on food and grease. It also works as an antimicrobial agent.

Lemon Essential Oil is also very inexpensive. You can buy Lemon Essential Oil here.

Lime Essential Oil

Lime essential oil from doTERRA is very effective in green cleaning recipes

Lime essential oil has similar properties as Lemon essential oil.

How to Make Your Homemade Dish Soap with Essential Oils

It only takes a few minutes to make and is easier than you think.

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DIY Non Toxic Liquid Dish Soap

This super simple recipe is great for removing grease, adding shine, and waking up your senses. The recipe uses all natural ingredients which are safe and environmentally friendly. You can feel good knowing that you are using a non-toxic green cleaner on your dishes so there is no harmful residue left on your eating surfaces.
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  • Fill your glass bottle with the Castile Soap
  • Add the essential oils
  • Shake to mix
  • To use, shake to mix and add 1 -2 TBL to hot water or a dish brush. Wash your dishes as normal and rinse clean.

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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