Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homemade Dish Soap/ Dishwasher Soap

I'm looking for a tried and try recipe for making my own dish soap and dishwasher soap. I still have a huge stockpile of dishwasher soap but I'd love to use some that works and doesn't have all the chemicals in it. Any suggestions?


shelley amstutz said...

I am down to 2 dishwasher tablets and payday is 8 days away so I hope someone has some good suggestions too!

Anonymous said...

I found neat recipes for these two things on Passionate Homemaking (

Here's the link for Dishwasher Soap -
You want to make your own dishwasher detergent that is completely natural? I love sharing how to frugally care for your family, so here it goes! This recipe is frugal and works beautifully. I have found that is washes away all film much better than my previous recipe that contained borax. It may be because this is a liquid detergent and dissolves more easily in the dishwasher.

1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds (a balanced biodegradable formulation of natural derived surfactants with natural fir pine needle oil)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
3 drops tea tree oil
1/2 cup white vinegar

Combine all ingredients and store in a covered container. A glass quart jar with lid works perfectly. Use approximately 1 Tbsp per load. Try experimenting with the quantities of soap depending upon the hardness of your water.

Dish Soap - Dishwashing Soap: "Use baking soda and liquid soap, add 2-4 Tbls of vinegar to the warm, soapy water for though jobs. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap diluted along with some vinegar and tea tree oil works as well.

Wow! Isn’t that easy. If you have vinegar, baking soda, and some essential oils you are pretty much set to go! You can buy 1 gallon of vinegar for around $4 (which is the price of one small container of all-purpose cleanser), which will extend very far for you."

Hope these can help some of you ladies out there. The website these came from has LOTS of other great resources as well...