There are several good reasons that encourage many of us to make our own dish soap. It is not very complicated and we usually unknowingly have effective ingredients that represent a very alternative to commercial dishwashing products. Here is a recipe for homemade dishwashing liquid that is very easy to make and its variation to make it effective on stubborn grime.
Doing your dish soap: what’s the point?
Commercial products generally contain chemical ingredients which can cause some inconvenience such as skin irritation, allergy and even serious damage if in contact with the eyes. These chemicals are found to be more toxic and polluting. However, what is expected of a dishwashing liquid is that it be effective in combating fat while being safe for humans and the environment. This is what motivates more and more consumers to make homemade dishwashing liquid, especially since it is practical and economical.
Homemade dishwashing liquid: the essential solutions
The Marseille’s soap (the real one!) is an exemplary natural product that can be used for body and facial care, but also for cleaning glasses, plates, cutlery and pots. It is not even necessary to add another ingredient to achieve a zero defect result. Very hot water and Marseille soap are sufficient if you have to scrub heavily soiled dishes and make them sparkling.
Be careful to choose a real Marseille soap whose main ingredient is olive oil. It must in any case be devoid of animal fat and it is preferable that it does not contain palm oil. You might as well opt for a product made by renowned French soap factories in order to have a Marseille soap worthy of the name and perfectly suited to washing dishes. Just a little advice: add white vinegar from time to time in the rinsing water for glasses and stainless steel cutlery because Marseille soap tends to leave some traces.
White vinegar is an ingredient we all have in our cupboards. It is anti-greasy, deodorant, safe for the environment. It has very interesting washing properties and is particularly appreciated in very hard water because it helps fight against limescale.
Sodium bicarbonate (sodium hydrogencarbonate) is undoubtedly the ally to always have on hand. It is inexpensive, does not pollute and is uncompromising against grease, dirt, lime, bad odors. In short, he has everything, and in addition, he foams. It is the basic ingredient for homemade dish soap.
Black soap is one of the natural ingredients with which it is possible to do your dish soap. You must of course buy black soap French made with vegetable oils, therefore 100% biodegradable and natural. We like its ultra degreasing properties and its harmlessness to the skin. It restores shine to stainless steel but also to glass dishes.
Note that there are many recipes for homemade dishwashing liquid on the web that include soda ash. They are related to sodium hydrogencarbonate (commonly known as “baking soda”), but much more irritating to the skin. They must absolutely be handled with gloves. Widely used for cleaning, soda crystals are a powerful degreaser. However, many consumers prefer not to use it to make their cleaning products.
Simple recipe for homemade dishwashing liquid
Here is a do-it-yourself dish soap. This recipe is prepared in three minutes flat and allows you to obtain a liquid green, safe for the skin, ultra efficient and that smells good.
Ingredients for 1 liter of homemade dish soap
- 100 cl liter of water,
- 2 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate,
- 1 glass of black soap,
- 7 drops of citrus essential oil or other.
- 1 pump bottle (capacity 1 liter),
- 1 funnel.
- Heat the water,
- Transfer it to the pump bottle using the funnel,
- Pour in the black soap,
- Add the essential oil,
- It’s ready…
A few drops of this eco-friendly dish soap are sufficient to obtain an impeccable result. But if one has to scrub very dirty pans, we can at the same time deposit a little soda ash then boiling water and leave to act for several hours before rubbing and rinsing.
It is also possible to wash your dishes with just black soap. This is therefore what is most basic since it suffices to pour a few drops of this natural product on a sponge and to rub your dishes. It is simply rinsed off with very hot water. Ecological, economical and healthy, it perfectly degreases the most soiled pots and pans and is perfectly suitable for washing the deep fryer bowl. That is to say !