DIY Dish soap!

I did it. I made my own dish soap!

These are the soaps I used to buy, they look friendly enough aside from the plastic bottle they are in. I knew I could do better.


I paroozed the internet for a waste free recipe and landed on Zero-Waste Chef’s Site, it was extremely helpful. Can’t wait to explore this site more.

Dish Soap in 7 Little Steps



  • 1 tsp of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with Baking Soda). I found this box for less than $4 at grocery store (there isn’t a plastic bag inside it either! Woo!)
  • 15 drops Essential Oil (I used lemon)
  • 3 TB of shredded Bar soap 
  • 2 cups of water

Little Step 1: Grate two tablespoons of bar soap using a cheese grater.

Little Step 2: Heat 2 cups of water and add grated soap, stir until the soap is melted. Remove from heat.

Little Step 3: Add one teaspoon of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Stir until dissolved.

Little Step 4: Cover and wait. Leave covered overnight.

Little Step 5: Use hand mixer to liquefy the mixture, if the mixture is too solid, add more water (I did!)


Little Step 6: Add 15 drops of essential oil and shake it up.

Little Step 7: Pour into reusable bottle.


Hey I found a great use for this plastic bottle!

DIY Dish Soap

Yields about 2 1/4 cups

3 tablespoons shredded bar soap
1 teaspoon washing soda
15 drops essential oil
2 cups water

1. Use a cheese grater to grate soap.
2. Heat water in a pot and add shredded soap. Once soap has melted, remove from heat.
3. Stir in washing soda until dissolved.
4. Cover an set mixture aside for several hours or overnight.
5. If your soap becomes too solid, blend it with a hand blender or in a blender.
6. Add essential oil and stir until combined.
7. Transfer dish soap to a container.


Thanks Zero waste chef!

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