She’s Making Her Own DIY Dish Soap and It’s Easier Than You Think!

She’s Making Her Own DIY Dish Soap and It’s Easier Than You Think!

Angela Markus

I love DIY projects because it gets my creative juices flowing, but every single recipe of DIY homemade dish soap I’ve tried just kept falling short. It didn’t suds enough was one main problem. Although suds isn’t a sign of cleanliness, it just didn’t work! Or it wasn’t soapy or worse, it left a nasty film on my dishes.

There are lots of factors involved such as the type of soap used, water hardness, and the like, so when I came across this homemade dish soap recipe, I became excited to try once more.

Courtesy of the Hillbilly Wife, this recipe calls for 1/4 cup soap flakes or soap shavings—she used Fels Naptha. 2 cups water, 1-2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar or lemon juice—she used vinegar, and 1 tablespoon glycerin, but that is optional.


You need to pour water and the soap into a saucepan and slowly heat it over medium heat. Stir and keep heating it until all the soap has melted into the water.



You do not want the mixture to come to a boil, so turn down the heat if needed.

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Allow the mixture to cool a bit, and then stir in the vinegar. Allow it to sit in the pot until it is completely cooled, then pour it into one of those adorable DIY Mason jars with a dispenser.

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You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if desired. The recipe used about 5 drops of lemon and it smelled so lemony fresh clean!


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