April 3, 2013 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt
I’d been telling myself every time the dish soap gets low that I will look into making it. I finally did. So, here’s the recipe I used:
- 1 1/2 cups of hot water
- 1/2 of liquid Castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1 tbsp of white vinegar
- 1tbsp of Arm & Hammer’s Super Washing Soda
- 1 tbsp of shredded bar soap (to thicken it)
- 1/8 teaspoon essential oil (I used lavender)
First, combine the ingredients into a large bowl, then pour in the water. Whisk/stir until blended.
This is where the picture-taking ends. At this point, it was still pretty liquidy, but it was hot and I was tired of stirring it. So, I went and took a hot bath.
While I was relaxing in the tub, Big A had a look at the concoction and decided it WAS NOT THICK ENOUGH. So he proceeded to grate half the bar of soap and mix it in. By the time I got out of the tub, there was a soapy mess in the kitchen. However, the stuff in the bowl was much thicker. About store-bought thickness, which is nice. The shredded soap, though, wasn’t melted enough, so we added more boiling water and let it sit overnight.
The next morning, it was hard. And now we know why the original recipe says just a tablespoon of grated bar soap. Big A’s instincts were right, but being the novices that we are, we could not have known…
In the end, we just kept adding boiling water and letting it cool until we got the consistency we wanted. So, as it is sits (now in the old store-bought dish soap bottle), it is thick, but soft enough to squeeze out, slightly lumpy, but it doesn’t matter. It cleans the dishes! Smells pretty good, too.
Lesson learned: Do not leave unattended concoctions laying around.