DIY Dish Detergent


Yes, it’s D-Day in the Blogging from A to Z challenge!  There are many Delightful Words that begin with D, but DIY/Do-it-Yourself is one of my favorites!


This weekend, I ran out of dish soap.  I considered just not doing the dishes, but that never works for very long.  The weather was crazy here in Chicago this weekend or I would have just walked to the store and bought some.

And I do love making my own.  I looked around on-line.  There are lots of recipes for DIY dish soap, but I chose this one, DIY Dish Soap from  because I had all the ingredients on hand (from my DIY laundry soap kit, although I’m now using soap nuts (which I got from for my laundry).  I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and I really like it!

I added peppermint oil to it plus a little coconut oil (oil is one of the optional ingredients.  I put it in my empty 7th generation dish soap bottle and voila! It smells great! IMG_0816


I’m not sure how much essential oil I put in.  The recipe says 20 drops, but they sometimes come out so fast that I lose count–but it’s somewhere in the general vicinity.  Although sometimes they don’t come out at all and then I get frustrated.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

6 thoughts on “DIY Dish Detergent

  1. When necessity must – lovely post Susan thank you! I’ll stick to the store bought dish wash stuff but I do buy as organic as possible. But adding a few drops of essential oils is a lovely idea!

    • I’ve gotten out of the habit. I used to make a lot more. But I decided to make my own as I run out of what I bought. When I think about it, it seems like a lot of work, but it’s not- or doesn’t have to be. And I do enjoy using them. Thanks!

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