One of my favorite homemade products that I use on a daily basis is homemade dish soap. But it’s also one of the hardest things that I’ve had to get used to on my all-natural path. It has only 3 ingredients, making it super easy to throw together, but as is the case with most natural soaps, it doesn’t suds up very well. And by very well, I mean at all. We have been conditioned to think that more suds means more clean, but that isn’t the case. More suds really just means more chemicals.
Two of the most potentially harmful ingredients in most dish soaps are Triclosan, which is a known hormone disrupter, and Quaternium-15, which releases formaldehyde. Hormone disrupters interfere with the body’s natural hormone messages by either blocking them or mimicking the hormones themselves. This can lead to a host of problems, including decreased sperm count and a higher occurrence of certain types of cancer. Yikes, right? So I really don’t mind fewer suds and an extra 5 minutes to make my own.
Here’s the simple recipe (from gerberadesigns.com):
2 cups Liquid Castile Soap
6 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp white vinegar
There are lots of different scents of liquid castile soap. I’ve used the citrus, lavender, and peppermint, but I have been using the almond scent lately because it smells like amaretto, and that makes me happy. But you could choose any scent that makes doing the dishes a little more pleasant.