DIY Dish Soap Recipe That Really WORKS!

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DIY Dish Soap Recipe That Really WORKS!

I have to admit, this recipe was my Achilles heel. I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve tried, all claiming to be the one homemade recipe that really worked. All ended up the same way, colossal failures. Well, I am here to tell you, you can look no further. I’m giving you my tried and true dish soap recipe that REALLY works. Cross my fingers. 

DIY Dish Soap Recipe That Really WORKS!

Most recipes I found recommended using liquid castile soap with lemon juice or citrus essential oil.
From my experience (and I’ve tested this many times) Castile soap and citrus do not mix. Instead of something that used to resemble soap, citrus and castile soap turns into a putrid foggy-colored liquid stink bomb.

I gave up. I knew a homemade alternative could not be found so I waved my white flag and settled for my dish soap that only meets my first two G’s (good for me and good for the environment) and sacrificed the additional money to buy a safe organic soap. 

After a year or so of buying dish soap (on sale for $4.99) determination and pride got the best of me. Come hell or high-water I was going to make one that worked.  Not only did my recipe have to work but it also had to meet my 3-G principles. 

The 3-G Principles 

Every recipe I make has to meet my personal 3 G criteria. 

  1. A product has to be Good for you. 
  2. Good for the environment and biodegradable 
  3. Good for your wallet. Doesn’t make sense to make your own products at home if you’re not going to save a little $$

What I Need From A Dish Soap

First, a dish soap recipe has to meet ALL 3 G’s (not just the first two). 
It has to cut grease, and most importantly, it has to make suds, something the family insists a dish soap should have.
After many trials and tribulations, I can claim my victory over the dish soap conundrum and share with you my latest recipe success. 

Dish Soap Recipe

I call this recipe Dish Soap Whip because it looks like whipped cream. Don’t be tempted to eat it- trust me on this. 

Dish Soap Whip 


    • ¼ c soap flakes 
    • 3 c Distilled water 
    • 1 cup of dishwashing powder 
    • 10-15 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, pine, rosemary- no citrus) 
    • 3 drops of tea tree oil 


  1. Add soap flakes to water over medium heat,
  2. stir until soap flakes are completely dissolved. 
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Soap mixture will become an opaque and semi-solid gel, this may take several hours 
  5. Once the soap has become a gel, add 1 c dishwashing powder and blend with a hand mixer (Soap will resemble whip cream). 
  6. Store in a covered container- a little goes a long way.

I store mine in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. If left uncovered, the soap whip forms a crust but still works effectively.


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