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Learn how to make dishwashing liquid at home

Want to know how to make homemade dishwashing liquid? It’s simple! Read Cleanipedia’s guide on how to make DIY dishwashing liquid in no time.


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Written by Eunice Samson

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We use dishwashing soap just about every day. But have you ever thought of making your own DIY dishwashing liquid? If you want to save money, reduce waste, and ensure chemical-free cleaning products in your home, it’s time to learn how to make homemade dishwashing liquid with simple DIY dishwashing liquid ingredients.

Consider recycling your dish soap bottle so that you can reuse it every time you make homemade dishwashing liquid.

Homemade dishwashing liquid ingredients

First thing’s first: what are the DIY dishwashing liquid ingredients that you’ll need? There are a few different methods and recipes to make DIY dishwashing liquid. We recommend making homemade dish soap with essential oils for incredible natural benefits and amazing aroma. Make sure you have the following homemade dishwashing liquid ingredients before you begin:

  • Baking soda or washing soda

  • Grated soap (pure soap)

  •  Lavender oil

  • Lemon essential oil

Once you have these DIY dishwashing liquid ingredients, you will be ready to make your homemade dishwashing liquid!

How to make dishwashing liquid at home

Follow these steps on how to make homemade dishwashing liquid with ease:

  1. Add your washing soda or baking soda into a bowl with the grated soap. The grated soap is essential, since it helps to add texture.

  2. Heat water to a boil and pour it into the bowl of washing soda and grated soap.

  3. Whisk the mixture until it is blended thoroughly. Add more of the grated soap to alter the texture of your homemade dishwashing liquid. 

  4. Add a few drops of lemon and lavender essential oil. Lemon is a fantastic natural disinfectant, while lavender is antibacterial.

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How to store DIY dishwashing liquid

Now that you know how to make dishwashing liquid at home, discover how best you can store it. Allow your mixture to cool and then pour it into a squirt bottle or glass bottle with a pump. You can then wash and clean your dishes by hand just as you normally would. And if you want to know the best tips for how to clean dishes by hand

If you do decide to alternate between dishwashing liquid DIY-style and brand products, you’ll want to make sure the brand you choose is of top quality, such as Sunlight.

Learning how to make dishwashing liquid at home has never been easier. Make dishwashing that much more enjoyable with the benefits – and smell! – of homemade dish soap with essential oils. Now,you can enjoy homemade, chemical-free dish soap in no time!

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Fun Family Project: Making Dishwashing Liquid with Kids

Engage your kids in a fun and educational activity by making dishwashing liquid together! This DIY project not only promotes creativity but also teaches children about eco-friendly alternatives to store-bought products. Gather child-safe ingredients like castile soap, essential oils, and vegetable glycerin. Let your kids mix and match scents to create personalized dish soap. This hands-on experience fosters a sense of responsibility and care for the environment. Supervise the process and explain the benefits of using natural ingredients for cleaning. Your kids will be proud of their homemade creation, and you'll have a practical and safe dishwashing liquid that's perfect for everyday use.

Frequently asked questions about making dishwashing liquid at home

Can you combine dishwashing liquid and baking soda?

Combining dishwashing liquid and baking soda is a great way to make an all-purpose cleaning scrub. This can be used to deep-clean sinks, bathtubs, counters and more.

Can I use hand soap to wash dishes?

While it is possible for you to use hand soap to wash dishes if you are in a bind, we do not recommend you do so regularly. Hand soaps can contain ingredients which are not food safe, and so using them to clean dishes you eat from may not be the safest option.

What are the main ingredients of "normal" dishwashing liquid?

The four main ingredients of dishwashing liquid are water, detergent, thickening agents, and stabilizing agents.

How else can you make dishwashing easier and more efficient?

There are five simple steps for how to make dishwashing easier and more efficient. Firstly, prepare the dishes by scraping off any leftovers. Next, fill the bowl with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Now it is time to wash the dishes. The most efficient way to do this is to start with the least soiled items and work up to the most soiled items. You then need to rinse off the dishes. Finally it’s time to dry it all.

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