Jun 29 2010

Make Your Own…….Liquid Dish Soap

If every household in the U.S. replaced just ONE 48 oz. bottle of petroleum-based liquid soap with a plant-derived product (i.e. homemade, 7th Generation, or Method), we could save 248,000 barrels of oil!

That’s enough to heat and cool 14,300 U.S. homes for an entire year!

I’ve thought about making my own cleaning products for a long time. I bought the book, read up and still nothing.

Why? Because I couldn’t visualize doing it. Now that I make my own products, the mystery is gone. I know it’s easy and I feel good doing it.

I made this video demonstration to take the mystic away for you, and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

I’ve tried a lot of recipes for dish soap, but this one is the best!


2 cups liquid castille soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
5 drops Essential oil (Lemon, Pine or Lavender work well)
1/2 cup white vinegar

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.