DIY: Grease-Fighting Lavender Dish Soap

DIY lavender dish soap Can I be totally honest for a second? I have bought my fair share of natural dish soaps over the years, and I like them and I like knowing that I’m using a greener alternative. But here’s the thing … I really love that certain blue dish soap because it’s amazing at getting my dishes clean and fighting the grease. So I always have a bottle of both kinds under the kitchen sink. I pull out the blue one for a really greasy job. But I really don’t like to. I never thought that I could make my own that would tackle the grease like a store-bought one. Well, that’s changed! I think I’ve finally found the solution, and I’m saying good-bye to the blue dish soap and grease residue forever.

When making homemade dish soap, which is incredibly easy, you get to be in control of what goes into it. Which is fun! No toxic chemicals or artificial colors.

There are tons of recipes online using the same basic set of ingredients – castile soap (liquid + grated bar), washing soda (really strong baking soda), glycerin and essential oils. Others contain citric acid or vinegar and some use borax. I did my research and read hundreds of comments from people who had made and either loved/hated their homemade dish soap. Then I tested until I found one that worked – say goodbye to grease and the residue!

Grease-fighting Lavender Dish Soap

DIY lavender dish soap ingredients Castile

I’ve been using Castile oil for just about everything lately, so it made sense for me to start with that and see how it went. The common complaint about homemade dish soap is that it doesn’t get the dishes totally clean – there’s a residue left behind. And I found that to be true.

Super washing soda

I came across a recipe that looked very promising and well-tested. I made a few minor tweaks, and it was the best one yet. It did not have any acidic ingredients, which would un-saponify the castile soap. Instead it uses super washing soda, one of my favorite things to use for natural cleaners. Total grease-fighting action!

Lavender

We are the biggest fans of lavender at our house, so that’s the scent I chose. You could certainly use another variety of castile soap and different essential oils – citrus, herb (peppermint), floral, tea tree, etc.

DIY lavender dish soap flakes Soap flakes

Soap flakes or grated natural soap give the dish soap a sudsing agent and a bit of body. I used soap flakes, but grated castile soap or other natural vegetable soaps will work as well. It might change how the dish soap sets up and how thick or thin it is. That’s where you have to play around a little bit (remember, that’s the fun part!).

DIY lavender dish soap liquid Water

I wanted a soap that was more the viscosity of liquid hand soap. So for a thinner one, add more water or use a little less washing soda. And besides a little time on the stove to melt the soap flakes and dissolve the washing soda, it’s basically one of those recipes that you mix up and use.

It does need to cool and set up for a few hours or even 24 hours, but I have used mine almost immediately after it cools and it’s been fine. It does go from clear to opaque when it sets up. The picture above is when the liquid is still fairly hot.

Grease-Fighting Lavender Dish Soap
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A completely natural homemade dish soap that fights tough grease.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup all natural soap flakes or grated soap
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons super washing soda
  • 1 teaspoon non-GMO vegetable glycerin
  • 30-40 drops lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the soap flakes and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add the castile soap, washing soda, glycerin, and essential oil.
  4. Stir well, making sure everything is dissolved.
  5. Carefully pour into a bottle with a spout or pump.
  6. It needs to set for about 24 hours.
Notes
Adapted from Mommypotamus.

Note: If it's too thick, add a little more water. Different factors can affect the thickness of the soap - the water you use (is it filtered or tap), the brand of soap flakes or grated soap, etc. If you want a thicker soap, pour the soap back into the pan and warm it back up. Add a little more washing soda.

Have you tried homemade dish soaps? Did they work?

Lindsey

is the blogger behind Cafe Johnsonia and a Contributing Editor


Comments

  1. Brandi Epperly says

    Does this rise off clean? I’ve used another recipe for homemade dish soap and it left this gross film on all of my dishes. Even when I rinsed it with the hottest water my tap would allow.

    • says

      It does for me – super squeaky clean. I think it depends on the hardness of the water too. If that’s an issue, you can do a vinegar rinse, which is an extra step, I know. But I have heard/read people say that can help if there’s a film. I use white vinegar as a rinse agent in my dishwasher for that reason. (I also make my own dishwasher detergent.) Hope that helps!

  2. Bonnie says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe as I’ve been looking for DIY dish liquid that cuts grease. My question is what type of soap flakes did you use? I’ve never used them before so I’m not familiar with them at all. I’d love to pick some up and make this recipe. Thank you!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to try this recipe! I just made laundry detergent last night and was trying to figure out some other stuff that I could make next!

    • Patty says

      Wow, 1 1/2 hours gone as you peaked my interest with that question and I had to research!!. The farther I got into it with the Byron White accusations, I just couldn’t stop!! I think he is using this tactic to make his ‘grape alcohol’ seem so original. Or whatever :) The glycerin is harmless. I could even say the grape alcohol is worse as gee, it’s alcohol!! JK. Please don’t believe everything on the net, ESPECIALLY when it’s from a (conning?)salesman.

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