Here's a natural dishwashing soap recipe using just water, salt, Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds, and lemon juice. No toxins in sight! I've finally found a dishwashing soap recipe that performs like store-bought soaps. This is a liquid dish soap that you use for hand-washing dishes.
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This recipe is part of a 10-part series of natural cleaning and laundry recipes. You can find a list of all of the recipes here. This natural fabric stain remover recipe is also found in my book, Detox Your Home, which you can find on Amazon. It includes more than 80+ recipes, research and lists for natural products you can purchase all to help you go natural in your home!
Toxins in Dishwashing Soaps
Traditional dishwashing soaps like Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory, and Ajax all contain surfactants (detergents) that cause acute aquatic toxicity. What does this mean? It goes down our drains and harms fish, turtles, lizards, ducks, geese, and other aquatic life.
There are so many chemicals going down our toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers that sewage processing facilities are having difficulty removing them. I like to do my part to take care of our planet, and if I can make my own dishwashing detergent for just a few minutes once a month or so to do that, then I'm happy to! What an easy way to keep us and our planet cleaner and healthier.
I've written about the dangers of artificial fragrances many times here on the blog! Artificial fragrances can trigger asthma attacks, worsen allergies, and cause inflammation in the sinuses that can lead to more frequent colds and respiratory infections. Yikes! That's why I prefer to scent my homemade products with essential oils.
Fake fragrances disperse particles of formaldehyde and phthalates (thy-lates) into the air. Phthalates are small particles of plastic that are used to bind the artificial fragrance molecules together. We then breathe in those tiny particles of plastic, and they get into our nose and lungs – yuck!
Artificial Fragrance is a class of 3,000 different Chemicals
The term “artificial fragrance” stands for more than 3,000 chemicals and companies do not have to disclose which chemicals are included. So there’s no way of knowing if the chemicals in the product are safe for our health or not. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Why Make Your Own?
Because natural dishwashing soap recipes on the market are pretty pricey. If you buy a gallon of Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds (buy here on Amazon), you can really save money over time. Plus, it's more convenient! As soon as you run out, you already have the ingredients to refill it at home. You won't need to make sure to put it on the grocery list or be annoyed and out of luck when you run out.
Another reason is because you know every single ingredient in the bottle! You'll know it's non-toxic and safe for your whole family.
The last reason is because you can customize your scent with essential oils, or make it unscented if you prefer. This makes it more fun!
DIY Natural Dishwashing Soap Recipe
Make your own homemade dishwashing soap with this super simple recipe!
- Prep Time: 3 mins
- Total Time: 3 mins.
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 cup Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds
- 4 tbsp. lemon juice, or 1 whole lemon juiced
- Optional – 2 tbsp. Olive Oil Sweet Almond Oil, or Grapeseed Oil or Liquid Aloe Vera Gel (to moisturize the hands)
- Optional – 10 drops of your favorite essential oils – I suggest Citrus Fresh, Thieves, Lemon, Orange, or Grapefruit, or Pine
- 24 oz. squeeze container or old dishwashing soap container (reuse an old one)
- Waterproof, vinyl recipe label for your bottle (never have to look up the recipe again!)
Put the salt and water into a bowl and stir until dissolved. Add the Sal Suds and stir until it becomes thick and creamy! Add the rest of the ingredients and transfer to the container.
The kosher salt in this recipe is essential for making the soap thick, like store-bought detergents. Without it, your soap will be watery and hard to use! And kosher salt is important – other kinds of salt will not have the same effect (I tried them :)).
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You can purchase the recipe label in my Etsy shop. The labels are professionally printed on vinyl, waterproof paper. Having the label on the bottle means you never have to look up the recipe again!
- Get the natural dishwashing soap recipe label by itself here
- Or get a set of printable 10 cleaning and laundry recipe labels here
A Note About Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
In the natural world, we have vilified Sodium Laureth Sulfate. We say it’s a carcinogen and highly toxic to aquatic life. In most cases, this is true. But did you know that not all SLS is created equal? It depends on how it’s processed.
Check out Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds rating on the EWG.org – it gets a perfect score! Totally nontoxic and safe.
According to this article,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant that cuts grease and dirt, generates copious suds, and biodegrades quickly and completely. SLS is made by combining a sulfate group with lauryl alcohol from coconut oil, then attaching sodium. If improperly formulated, SLS can irritate skin, but our superb formula uses coco-betaine and lauryl glucoside to counter this.
Also note that SLS is not a body care product. I would not use it in my homemade body washes or hand soaps unless you’re actually washing car grease or motor oil off of your hands! And definitely don’t use it in your hair – most shampoos in the stores contain SLS and they really dry out and then damage the hair.
It is meant to clean objects – like clothes, the kitchen, bathrooms, cars, etc.
Would You Rather Buy than Make?
Would you rather buy than make your own natural dishwashing soap recipe? That's fine, too! Here's what I love and can recommend.
- Seventh Generation Free and Clear Liquid Dish Soap
- Puracy Liquid Dish Soap
- Better Life Natural Dish Soap
Get Waterproof, Vinyl Labels from my Etsy shop
I designed and then had recipe labels professionally printed to make our lives easier! When you go to refill the bottle or jar, you don’t have to look up the recipe again. It’s printed on the label itself! These are waterproof, vinyl stickers that are high quality and do not pucker or come off even if they get wet.