To help keep your home clean and green, here is a recipe from Mommypotamus for making your own dish soap. *NOTE: This is a revised recipe that is borax-free*
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup grated castile bar soap, tightly packed
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 2 1/4 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon (plus up to 1 teaspoon additional) washing soda (adjust for desired thickness)
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- 15-40 drops lemon or other essential oils
- Boil the water and pour the boiled water into a glass container (you can pour it directly into your soap dispenser if the mouth of the jar is large enough that you easily can stir in the remaining ingredients).
- Add the grated bar soap to the boiled water and stir until the soap is dissolved.
- Add the liquid castile soap, glycerin, and 2 1/4 teaspoon of the washing soda and stir until the washing soda is dissolved.
- Let the mixture cool for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture will become gel-like after a while. If it’s not thick enough after 24 hours, reheat it and add 3/4 teaspoon of washing soda. Then let it set for another 24 hours. If it’s still not thick enough, you can repeat this process by adding 1/2 teaspoon of washing soda at a time until it reaches your preferred consistency.
- Once cooled, pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle or pump bottle (if it’s not already in the container) and the lemon or other essential oil. Shake to mix. Note: If the mixture hardens over time, just add warm/hot water to it and mix. Also shake the soap on a regular basis to keep it well mixed.
- Blend the soap in a blender if it is clumpy.