Although we never think about how to toxic dish soap may be, simply because we use it to clean our dishes, conventional dish soaps many times contain ingredients such as chlorine, alkyl phenoxy ethanols (APEs), dichloromethane (DCM), diethanolamine (DEA), dioxane, phosphates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, and synthetic fragrances. These are the chemicals your grandma warned you about.

When you make this dish soap, you’ll notice that it is definitely soapy, but it is not sudsy. This is because it does not contain the chemicals that conventional dish soaps use to make it sudsy. Instead, this homemade soap contains Castile Soap, which is made with fat of purely vegetable origin, rather than animal fats (like conventional soaps). This type of soap has historically been highly prized and viewed as a high quality soap, which is gentle on the skin and useful for a range of other applications.

Let’s get started! You’ll never buy conventional dish soap again!

1 1/2 cup Hot Water
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1 tbsp White Vinegar
1 tbsp Washing Soda
1/8 tsp  Tea Tree Oil
(I’ve also read that you can add 1 tbsp of shredded bar soap to thicken the soap,
however, I have yet to try this technique myself.)

Combine all the ingredients.
Make sure the Washing Soda is thoroughly blended with the liquid (and the bar soap is melted).

Allow the mixture to cool completely. Store in a squirt bottle (I used an old dish soap bottle!).