If I don’t have many dirty dishes in the sink I will do them by hand rather than using the dishwasher. What do I use for soap? I love using my own natural homemade dish soap because whenever I use any product on my skin I like to know what ingredients are in it. Another benefit to using your own natural dish soap, is if you want to use homemade dish soap it’s pretty easy to make and is great on the budget.
Why make your own dish soap?
Natural homemade dish soap is the way to go if you want to stay away from the toxins of the commercial dish soaps. Because there is not much regulation of what can go in your dish soap, you never know what you can be exposing yourself to. Even some of the natural dish soaps have chemicals that can be a health concern like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). SLS is derived from coconut oil but wait… that’s not the end, after that it is contaminated during the manufacturing process. What does SLS do? For one thing, it’s what helps give you all those bubbles. It’s a cleansing agent and foaming. But those bubbles are not so innocent! According to the environmental working group, sodium lauryl sulfate and it’s close cousin sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), may have contamination from toxic manufacturing impurities like 1,4-dioxane and they are a concern for irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs.
But some of the main scoring factors for the health concerns of SLS, according to the Environmental Working Group, are the chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, and respiratory effects.
My Natural Homemade Dish Soap
My recipe for natural homemade dish soap may not form suds as much as the toxic alternatives, but you don’t really need all those suds to get nice clean dishes. It still does form a good amount of soap suds though. Castile soap is the main ingredient, a soap I use for so many things! I added some lemon essential oil for a nice fragrance, boost in the cleaning power and antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
This is the recipe I use to make mine and it works great!
Homemade Dish Soap Recipe:
* You can substitute another type of essential oil for the lemon essential oil, some choices are; eucalyptus, lavender or sweet orange.
How to Make this Natural Homemade Dish Soap:
1. Mix all three ingredients together and store in any type of bottle. I use a squirt bottle or sometimes an old bottle the castile soap.
*You may need to shake the bottle before use.