DIY: 4 Homemade Dish Soap Recipes For Softer Hands


DIY Dish Soaps

You enjoyed yourself a hearty meal. But what about the kitchen brimming with sauce splattered plates and spoons? Not a pleasant sight, is it? And to top it all, constantly doing the dishes with commercially available dish soaps can spoil your soft hands.

Are you worried and need a solution for it?

Take a look:

Why Use Homemade Dish Soaps?

Commercial dish soaps have no actual ingredients listed. So, instead of draining away your cash to purchase grease fighting dish soap brands, try your hand in making a homemade moisturizing dish soap. And you can add your favorite ingredients to this dish soap, which is fun. No inclusion of artificial colors and toxic chemicals!

Here Are 4 Homemade Dish Soap Recipes:

If you are looking to save money on top dish wash soaps, opt for natural products, and eliminating chemicals. You will love the challenge of making your own mild dish soap. Try four of these simple recipes for homemade dish soap. These recipes are simple, natural, cost-saving, and cleans dishes to make sparkling shine.

1. Borax Soap


  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1 tsp grated bar soap (preferably homemade bar soaps like castile or ivory soap)
  • 15-20 drops essential oils (100% pure)


  • Pour water in a vessel and bring it to boil
  • Combine borax and grated bar soap in a bowl. Pour the hot water over the mixture
  • Whisk the mixture until the grated soap completely melts
  • Set it aside to cool off for 6-8 hours. Remember to stir it constantly in between to check for consistency
  • Transfer the mixture to a squirt bottle or container
  • Add the essential oils and shake well to combine


Allergic reaction to dish soap isn’t a concern when antibacterial essential oils are present as it naturally increases the power of cleansing. Pick from essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, sweet orange and geranium. Citrus based oil can help cut off grease and dish soap allergies.

Borax Soap

2. Jojoba Magic


  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar (optional)
  • ½ cup sal suds
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil or coconut oil


  • Pour the water and vinegar (if using) into a squirt bottle
  • Shake the bottle well to combine all the ingredients
  • Add the sal suds and oil
  • Shake the bottle gently to combine the ingredients


You can add few drops of the dish soap to your dish wash sponge. Shake the bottle gently before each use.

Jojoba Magic

3. Washing soda and Glycerin


  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • ½ cup grated bar soap, packed tightly
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 ¼ tsp- 1 tsp super washing soda (1 additional tsp to adjust thickness)
  • ½ tsp non-GMO glycerin
  • 15-40 drops essential oil (lime, orange, lavender)



  • Pour water into a vessel in medium or high heat
  • Add grated bar soap and whisk until dissolved
  • Once the bar soap gets dissolved, remove from heat and pour the mixture into a squirt bottle or a pump dispenser
  • Mix liquid castile soap, 2 ¼ tsp of washing soda and glycerin
  • Whisk thoroughly
  • Leave the soap to set for 24 hours, whisking occasionally, to check for consistency
  • Warm the mixture by dissolving ¾ tsp of washing soda, and set it again for desired thickness
  • Blend it soap turns out clumpy
  • Once desired consistency is reached, stir in necessary essential oils
  • Transfer into a squirt bottle and use


This soap tends to thicken over a period of time and is an excellent natural dish soap for soft hands. If that happens, just add a little warm water and mix. Give the bottle a good shake before using for allowing the liquid to distribute thoroughly.

Washing soda and Glycerin

4. Lemon Trick


  • ¼ cup soap flakes or shavings
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 tsp distilled white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp glycerin (optional)


  • Pour water and soap into a saucepan in medium heat
  • Whisk the mixture and keep heating until the soap melts down
  • Turn down the heat before the mixture starts boiling
  • Set the mixture aside to cool off, and then mix the vinegar
  • Keep it aside until it has completely cooled
  • Pour the mixture into a dish squirt bottle
  • Add extra drops of essential oil if desired


Remember that there will be a variation in results depending on the soap you choose. And suppose your soap ends up too thick, use an electric hand mixer to melt it down. Or if your soap ends up runny, make a solution of 3 spoons of table salt, 8 oz. hot water, and mix until dissolved. Mix to dish soap soon after.

Lemon Trick Soap

Additional Tips

  • Do not expect to see foaming or bubbling results in homemade dish soaps as compared to commercial ones which contain suds to create visual effect
  • When squirting homemade dish soap, it is natural to notice a little bubbling initially, turning cloudy
  • Wash silverware first, before washing dishes, glasses, pans and greasy dishes
  • Fill homemade dish soaps gels in the bottle. Give it a good shake and it will be ready for use
  • Add all the mixture into a blender and blend it for 10 seconds if further gelling is experienced. This will separate all the ingredients
  • Remember that homemade dish soaps are simple to make, contain few ingredients, and smell good
  • Vinegar can be an excellent ingredient to cut grease
  • Color of essential oil can change the final result and look. If you use yellow oil, like olive oil or jojoba, then your soap will have a slight yellow color. Or if you use coconut oil, then your soap will remain clear.
  • Using aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil can make good alternative options than using essential oils
  • Distilled or boiled water are best for DIY dish soaps. Using clean tap water is recommended only for short-term products

These are few ideas for DIYing your own dish soap. Your personal touch to it can make dishwashing sessions fun filled!


    • The bar soap and liquid soap, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages to look into. What you choose depends upon your skin etc, moreover a personal choice.

    • No, never use your dishwash liquid in an automatic dishwasher. Also remember, never to mix your dish liquid with bleach or ammonia.


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