DIY Essential Oil Dish Soap

7 Materials
$20
10 Minutes
Easy

If you haven't noticed, I'm trying to go green in my home, and I'm excited for this project. I certainly don't want to eat off of my dishes with weird ingredients I can't pronounce, so I decided to make a natural dish soap. This stuff not only makes you feel better about washing your dishes, but smells good and it WORKS! This sudsy essential oil dish soap works great against grease and tough foods while also eliminating bacteria, and it can be customized to the scent you want! Talk about a win-win!


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diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips

SUPPLIES:
-Baking Soda
-Water
-Soap Dispenser
-Pure Castile Soap (Unscented)
-Vegetable Glycerin
-Tea Tree Oil
-Grapefruit Oil
-Health Guard Oil

To buy this adorable amber soap dispenser that I used, click here.


diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips

STEP 1: Pour 1 1/4 Cup Water into a bowl.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 2: Pour 3/4 cup of pure-castile soap into the bowl with the water.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 3: Pour 2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin into the mix.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 4: Dump a nice tsp. of baking soda into the bowl.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 5: Drop about 6 drops of grapefruit oil in as well.
(This is where you can start to customize your soap a bit according to the scent you would like)



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 6: Though you can customize your oil scents for the soap, all should have a good health shield or on guard oil added to help eliminate bacteria. Add 4-6 drops of this.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 7: To help eliminate grease add 4 drops of tea tree oil.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips


STEP 8: Mix your concoction up and you will start to see it sudsing up! Remove the pump from your soap dispenser and pour the mixture through a funnel into your soap bottle.



diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips

Now you are all ready to get some dishes done!

Don't you love this amber soap dispenser? You can buy it here.

diy essential oil dish soap, cleaning tips

Look at all those suds! I know initially getting all these ingredients can feel expensive compared to just grabbing a bottle of Palmolive or Dawn, but you barely use any of the ingredients for a pretty substantial batch and have loads left over for the future. You also have to consider all the great benefits of going green!
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  • Judy Thurston
    on Jul 18, 2018

    Where would be the best store to buy Pure Castile Soap unscented, and does the soap have to be unscented, and what store would be the cheapest to buy Glycerin Vegetable Kosher USP- 1 Quart, do they sell essential oils at Walmart fairly cheap? And do i have to use Arm in Hammer Baking Soda or can i use the Dollar General brand, i'd love to go green myself. Do you have a Go Green Laundry Detergent, or fabric softener?


  • Mar8293219
    on Jul 21, 2018

    Why do this when Dr. Bronner's soap can be purchased in several scents including tea tree and you only need to dilute it with water to use as a dish soap?

    • Sue Rayfield
      on Feb 20, 2019

      I buy Bronner’s in gallon jugs, so I think that would be less waste than buying the small plastic liquid dish soap in the stores. Bronner’s is concentrated, so a gallon goes a long ways. I use it for both bathroom sinks and the kitchen sink. I think I will make this DIY dish soap for the dishes.

  • Wilda Mcduffy
    on Jul 24, 2018

    Does it kill the weeds permanently?

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  • Wilda Mcduffy
    on Jul 24, 2018

    Yes I'm definitely going to try it!!!

  • Jacquie Nicole
    on Feb 20, 2019

    Tea tree oil is great- BUT NOT FOR PETS! Totally fine to wash our things, but do not use this to wash pet bowls or anything for your pets.

    • Sue Rayfield
      on Feb 20, 2019

      I was going to mention this too, as many of us have pets. Cats, especially, cannot tolerate essential oils, such as tea tree, lemon, grapefruit, and many many others.




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