How to Make Your Own All-Natural Dish Soap Using Essential Oils Posted on 08 Sep 13:49

If you've taken a look at the label on store-bought dish soap lately you might have noticed a few ingredients that seem better suited for paint remover than dish soap. For instance, sodium lauryl sulfate is known to cause skin and eye irritation and is hazardous to the environment (it’s used in insecticides for a reason). Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative created from formaldehyde that allows cleaning agents to clean deeper; it can also penetrate your skin’s barrier and enter your bloodstream. Even something on the label as seemingly-innocuous as “fragrance” can refer to a score of chemicals that companies are not obligated to identify.

These are just a few of the nasty chemicals most commercially-available dish soaps contain. To avoid exposure to possibly harmful ingredients, one alternative is to purchase all-natural soap for a high price. Another alternative is to make your own dish soap. Using essential oils and a few other commonly-found ingredients, making dish soap is fun, affordable, and - best of all - easy!


Before using essential oils in the recipes below, it’s important to note that all essential oils are not of the same quality. Those that are labeled as “fragrance” grade are not 100% pure essential oils and may contain some of the ingredients found in the products you’re trying to avoid. Make sure that you are using only the most potent essential oils, distilled directly from plant sources, by looking for labels such as “pure essential oil”, “premium essential oil”, or “therapeutic-grade essential oil.”

Healing Solutions offers only the purest essential oils at prices you can afford. Learn more about our testing practices here.


These recipes are great for cutting through grease and grime while avoiding the use of harmful chemicals. They also smell great and are good for your skin! To begin, you’ll need the following ingredients along with a heat-resistant container to store your dish soap:

  • Liquid Castile Soap (unscented is best)
  • Essential Oils of Your Choice
  • Washing or Baking Soda
  • Water

All Purpose Dish Soap

This recipe is great for combating grease and getting dishes super clean. To begin, bring the water to a boil, then slowly stir in castile soap. Let sit for about a minute, then stir in essential oils and washing soda. Allow to cool before using and be sure to give the mixture a good shake before using.

Extra Grease Fighting Dish Soap

Need extra grease-fighting power? This recipe will help cut through the toughest grease your kitchen can “dish” out. Bring water to a boil and slowly blend in the liquid castile soap and essential oils. Add the washing soda, allow to cool, then pour into your desired container. Like the recipe above, be sure to shake this mixture before using.


Using these recipes is a great way to avoid using harsh chemicals and still get your dishes clean.

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