How To Make Your Own Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquid is used every day in the home, meaning it needs to be replaced or refilled very often. You can save money and reduce waste by making your own dishwashing liquid. It is a great way to recycle your empty dishwashing liquid bottle every time it finishes so that you don’t need to keep buying new ones. You can learn how to make your own dishwashing liquid with simple DIY ingredients which will be explained in this article.

You Will Need:

  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • An Old plastic dishwashing liquid bottle
  • A Funnel
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Half a teaspoon of glycerine
  • Any essential oil
  • A bar of soap

Dishwashing Liquid Recipes

Dishwashing liquid recipes

1. Bar Of Plain Soap

A super simple dishwashing solution can be made from a bar of soap. Simply grate the soap into a bowl of hot water and stir it with a wooden spoon until the bits are completely melted. Next, add a couple of drops of any scented essential oil, then leave the mixture to cool. The only downside to this method is that the texture may not be as smooth as commercial dishwashing liquid. But, if you’re looking for a super cheap, simple dishwashing solution, this is the one. 

2. Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Liquid 

You can start this method by combining water and vinegar in a medium-sized bowl. Then, add in a biodegradable cleaner of your choice, and stir to combine. You can then add your essential oils or lemon juice, and stir gently to combine. You will want to thicken the mixture by adding small bits of salt at a time and stirring in between. Finally, decant your mixture into a soap dispenser and use it as required. 

3. Washing Soda

Pour the washing soda into boiling water and stir until it dissolves. Next, you can add grated glycerin soap to the mixture and stir again until it dissolves. Add a few drops of essential oils at a time; you’ll know if you have to add more drops based on your scent preference. If the consistency is too thick you can always simply add more water.

4. Baking Soda

For this method, you will start by adding baking soda to a bowl that already contains grated soap. Then heat water to a boil and combine it with the baking soda and grated soap. Mix or whisk the mixture together until it is thoroughly blended. Add a couple of drops of lemon or lavender essential oils.

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

DIY dishwashing detergent

Distilled White Vinegar

The acidity of the vinegar will cut through any greasy residue left on the dishes in your dishwasher. Fill a bowl with ½ a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack inside the dishwasher; the water should equally distribute the vinegar to the dishes during the wash cycle.

Lemon juice

Like vinegar, lemon juice also contains acid that will cut through residue as well. Use ½ a cup of lemon juice in a bowl placed in your dishwasher, just like distilled white vinegar. Be sure first to remove any pulp, or use bottled lemon juice to be sure that no dried pulp remains on your dishes. 

Products Not To Use In Your Dishwasher

Products not to use in your dishwasher
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Liquid or powdered laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid


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Now that you know how to make your own dishwashing liquid and dishwasher detergent, try some of these methods and see which you prefer. Just because your dishwasher’s job is to clean, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty too. Learn how to clean a dishwasher so that you keep yours in good condition for as long as possible.
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