How to Make Homemade Dish Soap

By creating your own homemade dish soap from natural ingredients, you are less likely to damage your skin or the environment with harsh detergents. With a little Castile soap, you can make an effective detergent that will leave your dishes bacteria-free.

Formula for Making Homemade Dish Soap
To create liquid dish soap, start with Castile soap, and add fragrance and color to suit your own style. Castile soap is a gentle olive-based soap that originated near Castile, Spain. Castile soap is purer than soaps that use animal products as their main ingredients and is much friendlier to the environment.

Easiest Way To Make Homemade Soap
The smartest and easiest way to make homemade dish washing soap is to use Castile soap that has already been processed. Liquid dish soap can easily be made by starting with liquid Castile soap, which can be purchased at most health food stores.

Formula for Making Homemade Dish Soap
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup liquid Castile soap
½ cup warm water
3 drops tea tree oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup white vinegar

Combine the soap and the water in an old squeeze dish soap bottle, add the tea tree oil, lemon juice and white vinegar into the bottle, replace the cap and shake until the soap is well blended. Give the bottle a good shake to mix it up again each time you use it. Because lemon juice is an excellent grease cutter, you need to use only about two tablespoons of homemade dish soap for each load of dishes.

Liquid Dish Soap
Dishwashing fluid is somewhat easier to use because it immediately disappears into the wash water and doesn't leave residue caked on the dishes. Another good reason to use liquid dish soap is to prevent an aftertaste, which is unappealing and can be unhealthy, depending on what materials were used to create the powdered or flaked dish soap in the first place. To ensure dish soap residue-either from natural ingredients or from harsh chemicals-is not left behind, rinse dishes properly.

According to the FDA, dishes should be rinsed in hot water that is about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature that is exceedingly uncomfortable to bare skin. Though the FDA requires dishwashing to create a 100,000-fold drop in the amount of bacteria found on washed dishes, dishes that have been rinsed in cooler water that has had a sanitizing agent added have also been known to pass FDA bacteria standards. Indeed, dishes that are rinsed in cold water that has bleach and/or a different sanitizer added have also passed inspections for bacteria.

Dish Washing Techniques
When it comes to getting dishes and utensils clean and bacteria-free, steel forks put up the hardest fight. The second worst place for bacteria growing on or in a dish in the sink is a glass dish that has had milk in it. The proverbial milk-line left in a glass after your child has enjoyed cookies and milk is the perfect breeding ground for a multitude of bacteria. Make sure you wash dishes carefully, taking time to wash forks and glasses to remove all forms of bacteria. The rinse water should be hot enough that dishes magically dry in the drying rack without help.

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