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Natural Cleaners: Dish Soap

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I have tried several of the recipes for homemade dish soap using grated up castile soap and water and just didn’t like it.  For one, I am too used to the bubbles and these recipes made NO bubbles whatsoever.  Plus, it left floating soap stuff on the top of my dishwater, and I just didn’t feel like I was getting the dishes clean.  The recipe I came up with below is working MUCH better!  While it still does not suds up as much as the store-bought dish soap, it does suds up enough to make me feel like it is cleaning my dishes.  In fact, the dishes are sparkling clean!  I added some vinegar to the recipe because I read that it makes your dishwater more alkaline, helping remove food from the dishes.  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Dish Soap 

  • Empty dish soap bottle (I used one that was a 25 oz. size)
  • 4 Tablespoons *Miracle II Soap (found on Amazon here) or Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (I used the Miracle II Soap when I made it, but I am pretty sure you could substitute the Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap in equal amounts.)
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • essential oils (sweet orange, lemon, etc.) – optional
  • filtered water

Using an old dish soap bottle that has been washed out, add the Miracle II or Dr. Bronner’s Liquid soap, vinegar, and essential oils (if using).  Fill the rest with water.  Put the lid on and shake to mix.

Use as you would regular dish soap to hand wash your dishes (this is not to be used in the dishwasher)!

* While I really like the Miracle II and Dr. Bronner’s products, I do not agree with everything that is put on their packaging or on their websites.


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