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.  

Step 1: Supplies For Liquid Dish Washing Soap

1 1/2 Cups very hot distilled water but not boiling.
1 Tablespoon Glycerin 
2 Tablespoons shredded Dr Bronner's unscented bar soap ( I recommend adding more if you have hard water.)
2 Tablespoons Washing Soda ( Add more for hard water)
1 - 1 1/2 Tablespoons Citric Acid
Old Utensils:
Stainless steel Pan
Plastic spoon or whisk
Measuring spoons and cups
Skewer, or straw 
Plastic or glass container with lid. The hour glass shape and a pump would work nice for this.
Misc supplies:

Black marker 
Plain sticker for marking the label recipe optional

Glycerin: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/glycerin-soap-benefits.html
Citric acid: http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-citric-acid/
Washing soda used for softening the water and for lifting the dirt,  but it is not a green product. I will try baking soda the next time, I did not have any onhand:  http://community.babycenter.com/post/a27556305/de-myth_baking_soda_washing_soda_borax_detergent_nerd_alert
Distilled water: Because I have very hard water and did not want chlorine in my soap mixture: 



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.
<p>What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing and please do have a splendorous day!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
Beautiful, I like your work!
Thanks for commenting! Have a grand day! <br>sunshiine
Slightly creepy' majorly awesome!!
<br>Thanks! Have an awesome day! <br>sunshiine
That is the perfect mixture of awesome and creepy.
That is so funny! Remember to have the perfect day! Thanks for stopping by! <br>sunshiine
I'm kinda creeped out by doll's but it's still very cool
Yeah it is a little creepy. I hope to try something a little different with her.
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.
Thanks seester! Hope you had a sunshiiny kind of day! <br>Sunshiine
lol @ Barbie... I just love the way you think!!!
Thanks! Hope your day was brilliant! <br>sunshiine
Very useful recipe, and nice idea for the apron.
Hello rimar! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Hope your day was beautiful! <br>sunshiine
How appropriate. I always thought Barbie was a bubble-head. Now she's a useful bubble-head.
LOL! Thanks for commenting! <br>sunshiine
hahahaha!!! <br>
Cool! I think I'm going to find a Ken doll & make him look evil. <br /> <br />GM
I would love to see it if you do! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the work you do! <br>sunshiine
that soap-doll idea is just too funny. that is great!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great night! <br>sunshiine
Great instructable! Thanks for sharing! :-)
Your projects inspired me : ) Thanks for stopping by! <br>sunshiine
oh my god, I'm dying - that is hilarious. :D <br /> <br />I definitely need to decorate my soap!! I should give your soap recipe a go too. :)
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! <br>sunshiine

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