I have been looking at ingredients in homemade soaps and have been reading the comments from readers who have tried them. Almost everyone agreed the dishes came clean, but the soaps had low suds and the solutions were runny. Some people complained that the soap left a residue on the dishes. Others liked the commercial brands better. Almost everyone was concerned about the number of chemicals used in the commercially made products. Dr. Bronner's rated quite high for the best brand to use for homemade recipes.

Last week I made shampoo using the leaves and roots from a yucca plant. Although it had low suds and a runny solution it cleaned the dishes well enough. I was on a quest! Finding something that would give me a thicker solution without using a lot of harsh ingredients would be a task.

I wanted to learn a little more about some of the ingredients used in homemade recipes. I use vinegar all the time to clean and liked the idea of using it in my soap, but after going to the Dr. Bronner's website, I discovered they do not recommend it.  Here is the article: http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292 The comment section has a lot of useful information. I considered buying Dr. Bronner's soap and went to the store  . . .  . . a whopping  $17.00 a bottle!

Homemade soaps make great gifts, but have you ever made a gift that you felt needed a little extra touch? I made this dish soap and decided it needed something extra so I embellished the bottle. Follow through and I will show you how I made the dish soap and bottle embellishment.  
llillicrop1 year ago
Great idea with the pocket! You can make name tags that will fit into the pocket of the apron to tell which person is on dish night. Could work for kids too. If your name is in the apron pocket then you're doing the dishes. Lol.
sunshiine (author)  llillicrop1 year ago

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing and please do have a splendorous day!


Alice want2 years ago
Beautiful, I like your work!
sunshiine (author)  Alice want2 years ago
Thanks for commenting! Have a grand day!
grannyjones2 years ago
Slightly creepy' majorly awesome!!
sunshiine (author)  grannyjones2 years ago

Thanks! Have an awesome day!
onrust2 years ago
That is the perfect mixture of awesome and creepy.
sunshiine (author)  onrust2 years ago
That is so funny! Remember to have the perfect day! Thanks for stopping by!
I'm kinda creeped out by doll's but it's still very cool
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway2 years ago
Yeah it is a little creepy. I hope to try something a little different with her.
pecospearl2 years ago
I'll really be interested for your recipe when you get the final version. You are so full of ideas and you just amaze me.
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl2 years ago
Thanks seester! Hope you had a sunshiiny kind of day!
bajablue2 years ago
lol @ Barbie... I just love the way you think!!!
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks! Hope your day was brilliant!
rimar20002 years ago
Very useful recipe, and nice idea for the apron.
sunshiine (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Hello rimar! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Hope your day was beautiful!
flyingpuppy2 years ago
How appropriate. I always thought Barbie was a bubble-head. Now she's a useful bubble-head.
sunshiine (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
LOL! Thanks for commenting!
Cool! I think I'm going to find a Ken doll & make him look evil.

sunshiine (author)  GorillazMiko2 years ago
I would love to see it if you do! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the work you do!
zomfibame2 years ago
that soap-doll idea is just too funny. that is great!
sunshiine (author)  zomfibame2 years ago
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great night!
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Great instructable! Thanks for sharing! :-)
sunshiine (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Your projects inspired me : ) Thanks for stopping by!
oh my god, I'm dying - that is hilarious. :D

I definitely need to decorate my soap!! I should give your soap recipe a go too. :)
sunshiine (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
I am still perfecting the recipe. I wanted to make a dish soap apron and it was not long enough for a instructable so I made soap! It was well worth my effort because I learned a lot! It is so hard to make it from scratch when you want it 100% safe. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Cheers!