Introduction: Easy Homemade Dish Soap

This is a quick and easy recipe for homemade dish soap that I found on You only need three ingredients: 1 cup liquid castile soap (I prefer Dr. Bronner's), 1/4 cup water, and a drop of essential oil.

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

You will need a bottle of liquid castile soap (available online or at health stores), two glass measuring cups, a bottle of your favorite essential oil (I used Bergamot), and an eye dropper or straw. Lastly, you will need a glass or plastic bottle to hold the finished dish soap.

Step 2: Start With the Water

Once you have one of the glass measuring cups filled with 1/4 cup water, pour it in to your empty dish soap bottle.

Step 3: Adding the Castile Soap

Pour 1 cup of liquid castile soap into the other glass measuring cup and then pour this into the dish soap bottle. The mixture should begin bubbling slightly.

Step 4: Adding the Essential Oil

If using an eye dropper, take one drop from the bottle of essential oil and add it to the bottle of dish soap. If using a straw, dip the straw very slightly into the bottle of essential oil and plug the open end with your finger. Make sure to only hold about a drop in the straw, then move it over the bottle of dish soap and release your finger. This will allow the drop of essential oil into your dish soap for a pleasant scent.

Step 5: Shake Your Homemade Dish Soap

Once you have finished the previous steps, hold the bottle cap on tightly and give your homemade dish soap a good shake. This will mix the ingredients and spread the scent of the essential oil throughout the soap. Your homemade dish soap is a safe, healthy product for your kitchen and is now ready for use! For more details on this product and other homemade cleaning products, visit


DiyGal123 (author)2016-02-19

only thing i do not like is you have to use a bottle of soap to get the same bottle of soap

Londonlisa (author)DiyGal1232016-06-23

Your statement is untrue, you are using some liquid soap to create another liquid soap but that would be necessary with any soap recipe you use.

altamyrannm (author)2009-07-14

Add white vinegar, lemon, or lime juice to cut the grease.

babysaving (author)altamyrannm2012-02-25

Thanks. About how much?

bferron (author)2011-10-09

a few years ago about the time that they came out with the "Ultra" dish soaps I noticed that commercial dish soap doesn't work as well as it used to. Before I could put the dishes on to soak and I would barely have to wipe them, but now dish soap doesn't work that way, and the "ultra" doesn't work any better.

THELOVEOFGREG (author)2009-04-10

I have found this leaves a sticky build up when I rinse my dishes.Am I doing something wrong?

mmaggie (author)THELOVEOFGREG2010-07-17

I notice the same thing (always have, even using for the bath), and I can see the difference in the water. I'm pretty sure most things get clean, but when washing my dog's dish (stainless), I can still faintly smell the food. I'm going to try the lemon juice; and distilled vinegar if that doesn't work. Glad to see someone else has this question: it's exactly what I've been troubling about.

Rustar (author)THELOVEOFGREG2009-06-07

If you have hard water it could be soap scum.


I have never noticed any sticky buildup; I usually sprinkle 5- 6 drops for a half-full sink of hot water. I would just make sure to rinse them well, maybe with hot water (I tend to rinse with cold water). Hope this helps!

AmyLuthien (author)2009-12-10

Step 6:  Add label to bottle so no one thinks it's olive oil!

(Something like that actually happened to my grandfather once, my grandmother was using a mustard bottle to keep her dish soap in, forgot and put it in the fridge.  Grandpa discovered the mistake when he went to take a bite of his ham and soap sandwich! )

poppylongstocking (author)2009-11-23

This is a great recipe for dish soap but I always put lemon juice in mine or it won't cut through the grease on the pans.

Openeyehealth (author)2009-04-27

You are right- two measuring cups really isn't necessary. Good catch!

stephenniall (author)2009-04-09

Cool Will do this later Love the glass what was it used for Was it one of them Oil glasses ? Have seen glassess like that with cooking oil in lol A+

zach911 (author)stephenniall2009-04-12

lol we have botttles like that with olive oil in it


Yes- it is an oil bottle I bought from Target. I have also seen them sold at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts- I hope you enjoy it!

shilohjim (author)2009-04-11

I curious why you use two measuring cups? If a person has a measuring cup bigger than 1 cup,wouldn't that work as well? Why not pour the water and then use the same cup to measure the soap?

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