Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homemade Dish Soap Recipe

This is an easy recipe for homemade dish soap; it cleans your dishes and smells great. It also cuts grease and kills germs!

¼ cup soap flakes (see directions below)
1 ½ cups boiling water
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
Essential oil blends (see options below)

  1. To make soap flakes, grate a bar of unscented natural soap using the coarse side of your cheese grater. You can use Ivory or Fels Naptha or another of your choice.
  2. Put the soap flakes in a large glass pitcher or bowl and add the boiling water. Stir until the soap is dissolved.
  3. Let sit 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the glycerin, and then add the essential oils, stirring the mix.
  5. A loose gel will form as the mixture cools. Use your hands to break up any lumps. Pour into a squirt bottle and use the homemade dishwashing soap as you normally would.

TIP: Scenting Your Homemade Dish Soap
Here are some scent variations you can try, depending on what you have on hand and what your preferences are. All these blends are disinfectant, immune boosting and smell great!
Citrus Blast:  10 drops each of grapefruit, lemon and orange essential oils, plus 2 drops rose geranium (optional)
Lavender Lift: 15 drops lavender, 10 drops clove, 5 drops cinnamon OR orange essential oil
 Tea Tree Refresher:  10 drops each of tea tree oil, lemongrass and lemon essential oils, plus 1 drop ylang ylang (optional)

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