Homemade Dish Soap With Only 3 Ingredients


Versatile, non-toxic and simple. Nothing beats an effective and homemade cleaning product. Learn how to make this DIY Homemade Dish Soap.


Dishes are never ending in this household. I am home all day with the baby which means three meals a day in the kitchen. Mix that with my love for cooking and dishes are in constant rotation. We need dish soap that really cuts grease and gets our dishes clean. I have tried several store bought brands but buying a greener soap is usually more expensive. Anything cheaper and you have a bottle of chemicals. Being naturally frugal and a lover of making my own household and care products, I looked for a way to make my own.

I had already used Castile soap as a hand soap in the bathroom after reading about it online. When looking further, I saw that Dr. Bronner’s lists their Castile soap as 18-in-1. I already had this on hand and it just made sense to try it on my dishes but I was definitely skeptical. I have always been more skeptical of these natural cleaners and products that use minimal ingredients. Are they really going to clean? I have read countless stories online of how they work for some but when you see people say they do not, they are quite aggressive. Who knew natural, homemade cleaners were such a controversial topic?

After reading both sides and becoming frustrated, I decided to just try it for myself. If it works for my family, what else matters? So trying I did. This DIY homemade dish soap was the first that I had tried for any cleaning products. After trying a few different ratio’s, I found the ratio that works best for us.

Why Make Your Own DIY Homemade Dish Soap


First, this dish soap is incredibly easy. You could stick to two ingredients and get the job done. Adding Essential Oils aides in the cleaning power and the scent but is optional if you do not want to use them.

I always forget things at the grocery store and I like to keep as few products as possible. I just do not have the time to overcomplicate my cleaning routine and spend all day using tons of different products. By keeping Castile soap on hand, it simplifies my list a lot. I am definitely on board for simplifying if it really works! I also use this as an all purpose cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom from time to time.

This soap is also non-toxic. I love natural products in our house. I have found so many times though that the natural products do not always work the best but in this case, I have not found that to be true.

This soap also does not dry my hands out like others do. We also use this as hand soap at the kitchen sink and it reduces our products once again!

Lastly, this soap is customizable. I have a few oils that I love to use in it for their cleaning power but I do occasionally change up the scent depending on the season. I am a sucker for smells and cinnamon oil in this soap during the fall just makes it. I also love lavender and lemon in the spring/summer and peppermint in the winter. But you could do any scent. Floral oils would lend a nice touch as well!


  • Give the bottle a little shake before using. This helps distribute the oils and soap.
  • Add water to the bottle first.
  • Try using this for other areas of your home as well. I clean surfaces in the kitchen with it, use it as hand soap and use it as dish soap as intended!


  • Foaming soap bottle- I would suggest glass such as a mason jar and foaming pump but I have also used plastic with no issues.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap- I have never used any other brands so I suggest Dr. Bronner’s since that is all I have ever used and love.
  • Essential Oils- Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Cinnamon are my favorites. But I think that any floral or citrus scents would be amazing too!

How to Make this DIY Homemade Dish Soap

This is seriously so easy, I feel silly writing this out. But when I wanted to make my own, I read several posts about how to make dish soap and the more simple is what I leaned towards.

In your bottle, add 3/4 cup of filtered water. If you do not add this first, the soap will suds up and bubble out of your bottle so I always start with water!

Next, add 1/4 cup of Castile Soap.

Lastly, add 20 drops of essential oils if you are using them. This gives a light scent that is not overwhelming. If you want a stronger scent, just add more!

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