I’ve been looking for an alternative to my dish soap for a while. Despite being touted as environmentally friendly, the ingredient list is confusing at best and misleading at worst. I hate that I can’t precisely figure out just what’s in there without doing days of research and making phone calls. In general, I’m increasingly unhappy with commercially available products, their dubious “green” claims and ever increasing prices. The price is especially outrageous, when most list water as their first ingredient. Really, water.
I decided it was time to figure out a way to make it for myself. Turns out this is easy, peasy and takes about 5 minutes per batch to make.
For a small batch, here’s the recipe. It easily doubles or quadruples for that matter:
Homemade Dish Washing Liquid
- 4 Tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap
- 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerine
- 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- 3 Drops Tea Tree Oil (Optional but I like the antibacterial qualities)
Mix everything in a clean container and use as you would normally. You could add a drop or two of another essential oil for scent if you’re so inclined, but I rather like the tea tree scent. I’m storing mine in an old plastic dish soap bottle. It doesn’t get as sudsy as the store bought stuff, but it does work really well. If you have hard water, like we do; the vinegar helps with spots when you leave things to airdry.
I’ve been trying to figure out the cost savings, which took a little doing but I figured at the prices I paid for the ingredients the homemade dish soap costs about 5 cents per ounce. Tea Tree oil being the most expensive ingredient, but it is used sparingly. I imagine I could bring that down by buying the ingredients in larger quantities too, which I’m looking into. Dish soaps that claim to be environmentally friendly can range any where from 7 cents per ounce for the Costco / Kirkland brand to 22 cents per ounce for the 7th Generation stuff and I imagine even higher. While cost savings wasn’t my primary motive in this endeavor I like knowing I’m saving a bit of money too.
Please note the cost savings info can vary widely depending on prices in your local area. Do your own figuring to be sure.