Soap is a challenge. Even hundreds of years ago, harsh ingredients were used to make soap like: lye, wood ashes, and other strange ingredients that, on their own, are toxic and damaging to the body. Today’s soaps are no different, and are often full of unwanted chemicals and potential carcinogens – not something you want on your body or dishes!
And so, the trend of creating your own “natural” soaps that were free of many of these chemicals evolved. There are so many different recipes online that promise liquid soap, but not all soap recipes are created equal! Some are suitable replacements for store-bought soaps, while others are made entirely of failure.
Rather than force you to blunder around trying to find the best soap recipe and wasting money in the process, we have collected ratings and reviews on some of the most popular recipes, highlighting the best natural replacement for liquid dish soap.
Melted Soap as Liquid Dish Soap
This recipe is the simplest of all. You just take a bar of natural soap and melt it in a pot with 8 cups of hot water. Add a few drops of essential oils to scent the mixture, if desired, and allow the mixture to cool overnight.
Results: This soap mixture is grossly goopy, but it is effective at cleaning away grease without leaving unsightly residue. Some people complain that it takes longer to clean with than traditional soaps.
Diluted Castile Soap for Dishes
This soap recipe simply mixes castile soap and water in a 1 to 1 ratio. You can also add essential oils to make the mixture smell good.
Results: This soap mixture works surprisingly well for such a simple recipe. The soap can effectively and easily clean away grease and dirt off of dishes. The main problem with this soap mixture is that it is expensive!
Soap Flakes, Vinegar, and Glycerin: Dish Soap Mixture
To make this recipe, dissolve a cup of soap flakes into a gallon of warm water, add a tablespoon of glycerin, and allow the mixture to cool. Once it’s cool, add ½ a cup of vinegar and some essential oils for scent.
Results: This mixture is not very effective. The soap leaves scum on the dishes, and takes a long time to clean grease. This mixture is also unable to combat tough odors. #DishSoapFail!
Frugally Sustainable’s Homemade Liquid Dish Soap Recipe
This recipe uses a mixture of castile soap, washing soda, water, vinegar, and tea tree oil. You can view the full recipe at the Frugally Sustainable website.
Results: This mixture tends to stay a little runny. You can make it thicker by adding a tablespoon of shredded bar soap. The owner of the blog uses lye soap for its grease-fighting ability. Most users report the soap feeling greasy. The presence of minerals in your water can leave soapy residue on dishes. Use distilled water for best results.
The Winning Recipe for Liquid Dish Soap
Honestly, this is up to you. All of these recipes are mostly inexpensive to make, so go ahead and try them all to see which one you like best! My next project – combining the melted natural soap recipe with some diluted castile soap and essential oils. I have a feeling that this’ll be the winner in my house!
Have you tried making your own liquid dish soap?