[Recipe} No more chemicals required for cleaning! Between vinegar, baking soda, and now finding a beautiful base soap in Castile soap, whether bar or liquid form; we can create most any kind of cleaning solution we need. Dish soap has been one of my last cleaning solution to get changed over to a natural version. Here are excellent Homemade Dish Soap recipes – for both hand washing and dishwasher use. Thanks to Dr.Axe.com for these recipes that add lemon’s strength and lavenders calming effects, numbered resources can be viewed in article links below.
- First, place the washing soda and grated soap into a bowl. Washing soda is similar to baking soda, and you could use either; however, washing soda has a bit more of a boost when it comes to cleaning. According to Arm & Hammer ™, it is a natural detergent and freshener and can be used for cleaning most anything around the home. It helps cut through grease easily, is completely natural and 100 percent fragrance and phosphate-free. (2) The grated soap is a key ingredient in homemade dish soap because it helps add texture and volume to the blend. You can add a little more if you want it thicker and less for a thinner solution. The key here; however, is to use pure soap, such as grated Castile soap.
- Next, heat water to boiling, then pour it over the washing soda and grated soap. Using a whisk, blend well. Once you mix those ingredients, add the Castile soap and blend again. As I mentioned above, Castile soap is 100 percent pure, which is why I love it. Castile is a type of soap made with vegetable oils, making it a vegan and cruelty-free ingredient. This makes it safe to use for most anyone.
- Lastly, but one of my favorite parts, add the essential oils and mix again. Lemon essential oil not only provides a nice citrus scent, but it’s great at helping cut grease. It’s even considered one of the top most antimicrobial essential oils on the planet making it a natural disinfectant.
- Lavender oil can’t be beat for it’s wonderful scent and is one of my all-time favorite essential oils. Besides the natural antioxidant protection that lavender provides, which can seep into the pores of the skin when using it with your DIY dishwashing liquid, it has phenomenal benefits when inhaling it (which is what happens while you are washing your dishes). Lavender is known for improving your mood and providing relaxation — now that is what I call therapeutic cleansing! (3) Allow it to cool, stirring occasionally.
Once all ingredients have cooled, pour your homemade dish soap into a BPA-free squirt bottle or a glass bottle with a pump and you are ready to go! Wash your dishes as you normally would and rinse well.
If you can wash the dishes by hand with it, you can make your own soap for the dishwasher, too. I like to make a citrus version, as it not only smells amazing but lemon is a great antibacterial and antifungal agent. Just mix 8 ounces of Castile soap with 1 cup of water and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and shake gently.
To use, add 1 tablespoon of the above mixture into the “open” compartment of your dishwasher and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the “closed” compartment. If you have hard water, add a little more vinegar.
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