There’s no denying that buying ready made things is a lot easier and faster than making things yourself. Whether it’s making your own clothes or calculating a formula to create your own homemade laundry or dish soap, making anything yourself comes with its own set of challenges. But, when it comes down to it, learning how to make homemade all natural liquid dish soap can cut a lot of corners in other ways. You can save plenty of money you might have otherwise spent on buying natural soap from the store. You can also use a dish soap with more confidence in knowing exactly what is in it and what you are scrubbing on the plates and pans your food will go on.
Before you get started, however, you should probably understand than giving up halfway through your soap making endeavor and running out for a bottle of store-bought dish soap won’t solve all of your problems. Because although these soaps at the grocery or department store might be labeled as “natural,” they likely still have a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce or have to Google. And even then, it can be daunting to truly understand what you’re working with. That’s not to say that the natural dish soap at the store isn’t natural in some capacity, but there is the matter of fine print you probably aren’t aware of.
Even if a well-known natural dish soap brand advertises natural ingredients, it doesn’t always mean that’s all you will get from those brands. In fact, if you take a look at some natural dish soap brands, you might see “methylisothiazolinone” in the ingredients list as one of those hard to pronounce and even harder to understand ingredients. It is a preservative found in many different dish soaps, including some natural ones, and has been linked to allergic reactions and even lung problems because of its chemical makeup. Sure, not all naturally-derived dish soaps are made with this particular preservative, but you do assume some risk by opting to buy rather than try and make your own homemade all natural liquid dish soap.
Reasons To Make Your Own Liquid Dish Soap
When it comes to making your own soap, you will want to apply the same details about making your own hand soap than you will about making your own liquid dish soap. Soaps from the store are often made with hardeners or chemicals which can dry out the skin or irritate it in other ways and yes, that goes for liquid dish soaps too. While these soaps aren’t meant to soften the skin or nourish it in any way, you probably want your dish soap to be gentle enough to be lathered in your hands if need be, but without the danger that some of the chemicals in store bought soaps sometimes provide.
You might prefer the idea of knowing exactly what is in your soap. Much like you probably want to know everything that goes into your food or the clothes you wear, it’s only natural to want to be aware of everything in the soap you come into contact with. Making your own all natural liquid dish soap.
It can also be more affordable than shelling out extra cash per bottle of specialty all natural dish soap from the store. While not all organic or all natural brands have huge price markups, the sad truth is that some do. So instead of paying extra and still being faced with potential chemicals you wouldn’t want in your dish soap, you can make a bulk supply of your own and save money in the process. It might not be a lot at first, but in the long run, you will avoid paying an exorbitant amount as you make and use your own homemade natural dish soap.
What To Avoid
As to be expected, there are some precautions to take before embarking on the adventure (and, potentially, the misadventure) of making your own liquid dish soap from scratch. Some homemade soaps require the use of borax, which is a powder detergent agent and highly effective. The only problem is that it is a chemical and the whole point here is to avoid the overuse of harmful chemicals. Naturally, you will want to steer clear of any soap recipe which requires the addition of borax.
You might also want to avoid using vinegar. While vinegar is key in some natural cleaning products and even as a cleaner itself, it’s also quite strong in smell. Plus, regardless of the other ingredients you might include in your dish soap, vinegar has a strong taste that could linger behind as well.
It’s also a good idea to steer clear of using any soap flakes that might have color to them. Some homemade natural liquid dish soap recipes call for grating bars of natural soap and there’s nothing wrong with that step. But if you opt for a bar that has some color to it, you might struggle to remove smaller flecks of that color from your dishes afterward. Of course there’s no guarantee of that unpleasant side effect, but it is entirely possible, which makes this another ingredient you should avoid.
Steps For Making Homemade All Natural Liquid Dish Soap
Now, comes the fun part. You have figured out what works and what doesn’t and you probably understand the whole process a little better. Honestly, it might take a little more work on your part to get the formula just right for your specific needs, but overall, this recipe for how to make homemade all natural liquid dish soap is the right place to start. Feel free to alter or change some of the ingredients as needed, as long as you keep it natural and effective for your dishes. And remember not to use it as a replacement for dishwasher liquid, but keep it as a hand wash formula.
For this particular homemade dish soap you will need to gather the following ingredients:
⅔ cup of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
1 and ⅓ cup of distilled water
40 drops of the essential oil of your choice
1 tablespoon of washing soda
1 tablespoon of table or kosher salt
3 tablespoons hot water
First, heat the water and salt until the water completely dissolves the salt inside. Then, remove the water from the pot and set aside. Next, add the washing soda and distilled water to the same pot, which should now be empty. Once everything in the pot is dissolved, remove the pot from heat and empty its contents into a container. Add in the Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and essential oils and mix it well. This step can’t really be done wrong, but it’s important to mix well.
Then, add in the saltwater mixture one tablespoon at a time. The more you add, the thicker the liquid soap will become. It might also become thicker over time, so be sure to keep a close eye on it. At this point, you can transfer the mixture to whatever soap dispenser you plan to use in your kitchen. If the soap continues to thicken more as it sits out, you can add bits of water at a time to thin it out a bit and make it a little easier to use.
The most important thing to consider when making your own all natural liquid dish soap is that you truly are using natural ingredients in order to make your preferred soap. And while scent isn’t nearly as important as effective ingredients themselves, it can sometimes be necessary to be careful about the essential oils you choose to add to the formula. If you go with something like lavender, you should be aware of how overpowering it can be. On the flip side, opting for something on the citrus end of things, like lemon, can leave your entire kitchen smelling like lemon essential oils and that’s probably much more preferable to the smells other essential oils leave behind.
Once you have figured out what works best for you, however, you will be left with an almost endless supply of homemade dish soap free from preservatives, harsh chemicals, and a price tag you’d rather not think about. So really, it’s a win all around. What are you waiting for? Obviously the next thing to do is get cracking on perfecting your own homemade liquid dish soap.