Homemade Natural Dish Soap

I finally found a good recipe on someone else’s blog for making my own dish soap.  I tried it and it works!  Very fast and easy.

1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon citric acid
2 teaspoons white kosher salt
a few drops of essential oil if you want a scent

Now that I’ve made it a few times, here’s what I do:  I add all of the ingredients into a recycled orange juice bottle, and shake the bottle.  I use Himalayan pink salt and no essential oils, and watch as the liquid thickens up right in the bottle.  I don’t have to do anything, like heat it in a pan, although you can do that.  After a few minutes, when the bubbles go down a bit, pour about half of the recipe into the bottle used for dishwashing soap.  Perfect.  You’ll have some stored as a backup for when that amount runs out.

The interesting thing about this is if you use Himalayan pink salt, don’t use essential oils, or the mixture will get watery.  If you leave the oils out of it, it will stay nice and thick.

If you use white kosher salt and use essential oils, no problem; it will stay thick.

Of course I want it both ways!  I want the pink color AND I want it thick and good smelling.  Well…I can’t.  I’ve tried it.  Add the oils to the Himalayan pink salt mixture and ew…runny.  Still works, but runny.

I’m really tickled to find a homemade natural dish soap that I can make that works!  And I can put the scent in it that I want.  The bottle of Sal Suds is about $20 from Amazon, and will make you a lot of dish soap.

I must confess:  now that I’ve come up with this lovely dish soap recipe that actually works, I’m enjoying hand-washing dishes again — especially now that I’ve completely repopulated my cupboards with handmade La Chamba earthenware cookware from Colombia.

I adore it!

La Chamba ware is much healthier than the “stainless steel” pans I bought years ago from Martha Stewart; much healthier than the non-stick stuff I’ve bought over the years.  And they don’t go in the dishwasher.

I think I’ve run my dishwasher about three times since I bought the LaChamba ware.


About Susan Bame

Writer, Mediator, Facilitator, Teacher, fascinated with indigenous forms of conflict resolution. I love watching people become empowered. I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and a personal interest in organic food, detoxing and healing the body, alternative holistic approaches to health, self-empowerment and win-win solutions through mediation, Structured Water™, and energetic healing. I lived on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska for ten years, worked with Native families in the area, and have a great interest in Native history, culture, practices, traditions, stories, and current affairs. View all posts by Susan Bame

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