Homemade Dish Soap – Natural

Natural homemade dish soap is so easy to make, smells wonderful, saves you money and is environmentally friendly. How much better can it get? Not only will it cut through grease, but it’s safe for you and your family.

homemade dish soap in a glass soap pump laying on a white wash cloth on a wood cutting board with a white dish to the right with a blue dish scrubber

This natural dish soap is a new twist on a very old recipe on the blog. 

I did some tweaking to fix some problems that were coming up, and the new results are so much better! 

So many people find that natural products don’t work as well as their chemical counterparts, but I can assure you that this one works well.

It’s tough on grease and suds up amazingly well, making it easy to enjoy this natural switch.

It is also cheaper than typical, natural dish soaps, which usually cost around $4 per 25 oz. This one will set you back around $3. So, slightly cheaper.

It also has a better rating from the EWG website. I’ve tried a few of the store-bought, natural dish soap options, and I find them to be disappointing, and you need a lot of it for it to work.

However, I still love to use the store-bought options in this really effective DIY Stain Remover.

We’ve loved this natural DIY dish soap recipe in our house. Getting used to the consistency takes a little adjustment, and you don’t have to use very much for great results.

I promise you, this recipe works great, and your dishes will be remarkably clean.

diy dish soap in a glass soap pump jar on a white plate with oregano on a white plate


  • The consistency is much thinner than regular dish soap, and a little bit goes a long way. 
  • You can place it in a soap pump, foaming soap pump, or just put it in an old, dish soap bottle.
  • You may have to shake it up a little before you use it, but it shouldn’t clump and separate like the last recipe!

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Tools you may need:

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons


The Ingredients:

homemade dish soap ingredients on a marble countertop with ivy in the background
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal’s Suds – This is like the ultra-concentrated, cleaning power of Castile soaps (which is a staple in any natural-living cabinet, hello, hand soap). This stuff is powerful and works amazingly well to clean dishes.
  • Water – I would recommend using distilled water or water that was boiled and cooled to help reduce the chance of bacterial growth.
  • Vinegar – Helps cut grease and provides a streak-free shine.
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional) – This helps create more sudsing power and helps moisturize your hands.
  • Essential oils (optional): Twenty drops lemon or citrus essential oil (works great as a degreaser). Optional: 10-20 drops of On-Guard, Thieves, or tea tree oil (anti-bacterial; if you like the smell you can add more, if not, add less).

Watch The Tutorial

natural soap in a glass jar on a white dish cloth on a wood cutting board with a white plate to the right

How To Make Natural Homemade Dish Soap:

adding sals suds to a measuring cup with water

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir well. 

adding lemon essential oils to a homemade dish soap in a glass measuring cup

Add essential oils. I like to use citrus oils, like lemon, because it is tough on grease. You can also use use anti-bacterial type oils like On-Guard or Thieves. Tea tree would also work well.

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? You do like two minutes of work and you’re done. 

wood cutting board with a white plate and a rag on top and natural dish soap in a glass bottle in the back

Can I use this dish soap as hand soap?

You can in a pinch, but I would recommend this foaming hand soap to use instead, or this natural hand sanitizer while you’re out and about.

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Homemade Dish Soap

This natural dish soap is a simple and tough on grease. You will be amazed at how effective it is.
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Course: natural product
Keyword: diy dish soap, homemade dish soap
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 13 oz
Author: Amy


  • Measuring cup and spoons



  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir well. 
  • Add essential oils and stir. I like to use citrus oils, like lemon, because it is tough on grease.


Vegetable glycerin is optional. It gives it more sudsing power while also helping moisturize your hands.
Sals suds is different than castile soap and cannot be used interchangeably in this recipe.
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  1. Well…Once I get rid of the glob I have now, I am going to try this. The ingredients are basically the same, but the process is different. I used a piece of Ivory soap I had left from some other thing I tried (I hate Ivory – it stinks). The other recipe used USP Glycerin (which I had and used)- I have no idea if the properties are different than vegetable glycerin (which I also have) BUT now I just have glop, and I have to use a ton. I have a little piece of the soap you have listed so hopefully by next week I can try this method.

  2. thanks a lot for the recipe. I used Aleppo soap which is made from olive oil and Laurel oil. didn’t add tea oil nor glycerin cause don’t have them in hand. output was great and cleaning result was much better than using any of commercial detergents especially with egg residuals. one more point: I didn’t use gloves through the long time of dishwashing yesterday but my hands were not dry at all. Thank you again for the very simple recipe that it works Great 🙂

  3. I made the new improved version of dish soap, but have a problem with it. It leaves a film on everything, especially myy brand new stainless steel cookware. My sink is also covered with a sticky film. Please let me know if anyone else has had this issue and how to correct it.

    1. I think using towel to dry stainless cookware should help here. Cleaning the sink with the same soap ,after finish doing the dishes, should cut all stick grease.
      Now, I don’t convert the hard soap to liquid. I just set the soap bar in small stainless bowl and add a cup of hot water. Then dip the sponge in the soapy water, add more hot water as needed, till finish doing the dishes.

    2. Thank you for your responsed Fatima. However I did use a towel to dry everything, but there is some type of smearing film on them. I will try it again and see what I can do to prevent that. The build up in the sink is not a greasy buildup, but a white filmy, sticky buildup. I had to use regular dish soap to clean it off. I really want to make all my home products and am excited to learn more.

    3. sorry for not being helpful., Though here is some points you may consider :
      try another soap brand : I use Aleppo bar which is olive with laurel oil soap.
      use vinegar in rinsing cycle ,instead of laundry softener liquid , when washing kitchen towels.
      try another sponge brand

    4. Thank you again. So, may I assume you don’t have this issue with the filmy coating? I do use vinegar for my softener in my wash. The only thing different is the soap. I used Dr. Bonner soap, which is suppose to be the best. But, perhaps I should try the one you suggested. When I put a sinkful of water with the dish soap in it, the white film floats on top of the water and coats everything it touches. It is so strange. All other home recipes I have tried have been so great. I will perhaps try another batch and see if I did something wrong. Thank you again for sharing your ideas with me.

    5. you may consider omitting the glycerin from the recipe as long as you use gloves while dishing.

    6. I may have figured out my issue…I read online that washing soda can be made by bsking some baking soda in the oven & tjat is what I used for both my dish soap & my dishwasher soap & neither of them are good…leaving a harsh film on everything. So I think I will try again with real washing soda. What do you think?

  4. I use Dr Bonner’s also but I use the liquid (peppermint is too strong for my husband so he uses the lavender and I’m thinking of just getting the plain with no fragrance). I dilute it half and half with water but am thinking maybe 2/3 soap to 1/3 water but I’m probably thinking that because I’m so used to bubbles…..
    I’m adjusting 🙂

  5. I was wondering can I use other kinds of bar soap, like ivory or dove?? Or any other kind? I have tea tree oil and patchouli oil as well. Can I add some patchouli for smell I love the smell. Even if it was a few drops.

  6. I made up a batch of Liquid dish soap and I now have a large glob of solid gel. What did do wrong? How to correct it? Used all the right products.

  7. I made this recipe last month, and I have to say that it’s the best dish soap I’ve ever used! Although the lack of suds throws me off, it cleans like nothing and cuts grease beautifully! And it gets rid of any food/fishy smell that lingers on dishes!! Thanks for this recipe and the experiments you’ve done to improve it!!

  8. Hi Amy! Thank you for the recipe. We added the tea tree oil and a little orange essential oil. It smells really, really good! We’re letting it set for 24 hours now. Excited to give it a try.

  9. I have same question someone else asked but I didn’t see a reply. Since using essential oils which break down plastic, won’t it break down plasticky bowls & plates?

  10. Since castile soap and acids will cancel each other, I wonder if a similar reaction may take place if adding essential oils like those of lemon or orange (the “citrus” kinds). Thanks!

  11. Hello! So i was looking into using this recipe but I see that Dr. Bronners has Hemp oil and I am allergic to hemp (like hives allergic). DO you know of any Castile Bar soaps that do not have Hemp oil in them?

    1. Hi, I have been using Kirk’s coco castile bar soap (fragrance free is better) for the different castile bar soap based recipes. I haven’t tried Dr Bronners soaps so I can’t compare the results, but as for me I think it works really well (worked for this recipe, works for the laundry soap recipe too and I have used it even on a shampoo recipe). As the name says, coco castile soap is based on coconuts, and is actually cheaper than Dr. Bronners. The only thing to have in mind is that since coconut soap and oils tend to solidify at colder temperatures, you must keep it in a warm place so it keeps its liquid consistency. I have found that in order to reduce this problem you must add the glycerine, maybe 1-2 tablespoons, and adding 1/2 tablespoon of almond oil (or grapeseed oil) seems to help in giving it better consistency. Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about my experience with coco castile soap, through my site or email me [email protected], cheers 🙂

  12. This is such a great recipe. I love DIY’s because you can make them green-friendly and organically. I’ve heard that adding a bit of coconut oil makes it so that it does not dry out your hands when you use it, what do you think about that!

  13. I’m so excited to try all these new DIY ideas and get the chemicals outta here! A couple of questions…do you use purified or distilled water? I’ve read several different places (almost on read-overload! lol) its a good idea to prevent mold…true or false? Its so easy to get confused…so many opinions and I’m swayed with each one :). I bought two bottles of Dr Bronners liquid castile because I have a recipe somewhere for shower soap….I haven’t had good luck with bars…I tried Zote bar soap with glycerine and purified water for hand soap…its thicker than jello…so I’m going to add even more water and see if that helps….the “string” that comes out won’t seperate or break…ewww! Is Zote soap an option, or is it only for laundry soap? I’ve made my own laundry soap and love it! Thanks for all your hard work, and then sharing! 🙂

  14. I don’t know if this was covered or not. Be cautious with Tea Tree Oil around cats it is toxic.

  15. I just made this and it s been about 6 hours, it’s still very liquid… Does it start to turn into liquid soap consistency soon? Or is that right?

  16. I have been using this recipe for years and am finally commenting on it. I tried it at first as a dish soap, as intended, however I could not get used to not having the bubbles, so I buy Seventh Generation at Walmart. This recipe is AWESOME for a liquid pump soap. .Besides putting it in pumps at home, I put some in a hotel size container to carry in my pocket, so I can use it throughout the day at work. I used to have trouble with my finger-tips cracking. I think the problem was partly because I handle card-board all day stocking products (at Walmart), and partly because of the harsh chemicals in the hand soap in the bathrooms there. I have been so pleased with the results that I have shared this with several co-workers who have complained about the same problems with their fingertips.They are also delighted with it! Thank you so much 🙂

  17. I have a wonderful advice that will help you, regardless of what dish washing liquid you use: a spray bottle and water! All you do is squeeze in a few good squeezes of your favorite dish washing liquid, followed by warm water to fill up the spray bottle. Once well developed, you can spray the liquid straight on your dish, instead of using several drops of liquid for each dish. Of course, this is not for when you are filling up your basin, but many of us try to simply wash a single dish and waste a lot of liquid. Think of how much this will save you over all! Admittedly I use store bought, but I can make it last about three times as long using this method.

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