Liquid Dish Soap

How to Make Dishwashing Liquid

  1. Combine 2 parts CASTILE SOAP with 1 part WARM WATER, plus a few drops of LEMON OIL.
  2. Shake before using.

Castile soap is made out of 100% olive oil, and it is getting expensive.  A good option is Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.

Bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap
Bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From GimmeTheGoodStuff, common liquid dish soap contains unfavorable ingredients such as follows:

  • Fragrance. Anything scented probably contains hormone-disrupting phthalates, unless the manufacturers specify that they only use essential oils. Even phthalate-free synthetic fragrances usually are petroleum-derived.
  • Dyes. Food-grade coloring is implicated in behavioral issues in kids, so I’m okay with my dish soap being colorless.
  • Antibacterial ingredients. You may see “triclosan” listed on the label, or it may just say “antibacterial agent” or something along those lines. This stuff is totally toxic (carcinogenic and hormone disrupting) and may be causing the super bugs we are all sort of sick of hearing about.
  • Surfactants.  Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are common foaming agents, usually derived from coconut. Both SLS and SLES produce lovely bubbles in your dish soap, and are found in lots of “natural” brands. SLS is okay in my opinion (although not ideal), but SLES is not. (Here is where we explain the differences between sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureate sulfate.)


Castile Soap Uses from

Use It to Clean Your–

Car: Mix ¼ cup liquid Castile soap with hot water in a bucket (fill almost to the top). Rub a generous amount of the solution on your car’s exterior, windshield, hubcaps, and tires with a large sponge, then thoroughly hose it off.

Floors: You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of ¼ cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add ¼ cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. leather upholstery: Add 2 drops liquid Castile soap to 1 quart warm water. Apply to the leather with a barely moist sponge.

Marble countertops: Stir 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap into 1 quart warm water. Dampen a cloth with the solution and wipe surface. Rinse, then dry with a clean cloth.

Sinks, showers, tubs, and ceramic tile: Create a homemade soft scrubber by combining 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap and 1/3 cup baking soda.

Stovetop and vent hood: Add a few squirts of liquid Castile soap to 2 cups hot water. Apply to the stovetop, the burners, and the vent hood to cut through accumulated grease.

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