In my ever evolving quest to being more domestic and environmentally responsible, I’ve recently decided to start making as many of our cleaning products at home. I already use mostly green products (ie. white vinegar, baking soda, washing soda) to clean our house since the girls were so sensitive when they were younger, but I’ve always dished out the extra bucks for dish soap and laundry detergent. Now, though, I’m ready start my dish soap journey…and it does look like it will be a loooong journey.
This week I attempted to make my own dish soap from this recipe at Frugally Sustainable, but my experiment did not go well. While the mixture smells great and still does a good job cleaning (no suds, but we all know suds don’t mean clean), it was a bit too watery for my preference. You should see me when I do dishes right now. #HIGHlarious. And messy.
I followed the ingredient and directions list pretty closely, adding lavender essential oils rather than tea tree oil and using a soft-ish lavender soap rather than a hard soap.
In a large mixing bowl, I mixed 1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s lavender liquid castile soap, 1 1/2 cup of super hot water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of super washing soda, 1 tablespoon of shredded lavender soap and 20 drops of lavender essential oil until all of soap was dissolved. Then I let it completely cool on the counter before pouring it into our empty dish soap container.
What I’m going to do differently next time: I’ll use more shredded soap and washing soda to see if this will help thicken up the end product. And I’ll probably try The Prairie Homestead’s recipe.
Do you have a favorite DIY dish soap recipe?See y'all later!