DIY Dish Soap

Post courtesy of a fellow blogger. Check her blog out. Really cool stuff.

If I can get the ingredients this is a project for tomorrow. I am almost out of dish soap and just scored a mason jar soap dispenser yesterday at TJ Maxx! Perfect timing!

The Zero-Waste Chef

Click here to go straight to the recipe.

If you run a zero-waste or plastic-free kitchen, I can safely assume that you cook and that you generate the sinks full of dirty dishes to prove it. But if you don’t want to buy plastic bottles—and I’ve never seen dish soap in anything but—how can you wash those piles of dishes? Well, it turns out that, as with most consumer products, you can make your own dishwashing liquid pretty easily, but without the artificial fragrances, colors and many other chemicals—and for less money.



  • 3 tablespoons shredded bar soap (I used unscented Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 teaspoon washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda!)
  • 15 drops essential oil (I used lemon)
  • 2 cups water


shredded soap

1. Use a cheese grater to grate soap. I grated WAY too much. You’ll need only 3 tablespoons.

melting soap

melted soap

2. Heat water in a pot and…

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