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Homemade Dish Soap

Homemade Dish Soap: A Natural Recipe

Homemade DIY dish soap is easy to make. It also saves you money, eliminates toxins from your home, and is a fun project to do with the kids!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 11 minutes
Cooling Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 16 minutes
Servings 8 ounces
Author Betsy Jabs


  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp borax
  • 1 Tbsp grated bar soap (use homemade soap, Castile bar soap, Ivory, or whichever natural bar you prefer)
  • 15-20 drops essential oils


  1. Heat water to boiling.
  2. Combine borax and grated bar soap in a medium bowl. Pour hot water over the mixture. Whisk until the grated soap is completely melted.

  3. Allow mixture to cool on the countertop for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Dish soap will gel upon standing.
  4. Transfer to a squirt bottle, and add essential oils (if using). Shake well to combine.

  5. Now you're ready to use your liquid dish soap just as you would use any commercial brand!

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