Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
1/2 cup grated soap (I used Dr. Bronners Citrus Castile soap)*
4 cups water
1/2 Tbs vegetable glycerin (optional: used as a hand moisturizer)
10-20 drops of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial; if you like the smell you can add more if not add the lesser)
Directions: Grate bar of soap. In a saucepan, add water and 1/2 cup grated soap. Over low/medium heat, gently heat without bringing to a boil until all the soap has dissolved. Add in vegetable glycerin and stir well. Place in a jar. After cooling for a short time (30 minutes to an hour), add in tea tree oil and allow to set up for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Side note: I used the citrus kind for the smell and because citrus helps cut grease! I usually hate the way liquid castile feels on my hands after I wash them, but not when I made it like this! Also, other types of soap (that aren’t super ‘lathery’) should work too (like ivory), although I have not tried that.
Important note: do not add vinegar or lemon juice to this because castile soap and acid cancel each other out and you will get a bad product. You can use vinegar as a rinse aid, though!
That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? You do like 10 minutes of work and the rest of the time it’s just setting up. Your results should be much more like normal dish soap consistency! I use it in a soap pump, and it works great. You may have to shake it up a little before you use it, but it shouldn’t clump and separate like the last recipe!
This recipe will not create lots of bubbles! Just because there aren’t many bubbles doesn’t mean that it’s not working – that’s just how castile soap works! This is the only thing that bothers my husband about this soap. I think he will get over it after seeing how much money we save!
Are you as excited about this recipe as I am? Have you tried making your own liquid dish soap before? How did you like it?