natural living

Living in the city has it’s ups and downs. Just about everything we need is right outside our front door. But, we pay for that convenience with a lack of modern conveniences inside our apartment. Most city dwellers don’t have a dishwashing machine. Personally, I’m happy to live without one, but it does mean a lot of time spent hand-washing. All that extra time spent wrist-deep in soapy water is encouragement to make sure that the soap we are using is safe for us. There are natural liquid dish soaps on the market, but an ever-growing need to be more self-reliant drove me to search for a DIY recipe. I found this one and after making a few minor adjustments, I think it’s the beginning of beautiful, sudsy relationship. 

Here’s what you’ll need : 
makes 12 oz.
How to:

In a medium sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in the grated soap until it dissolves. Now, remove the mixture from the stove and pour into a blender. Add the liquid castile soap, glycerin and super washing soda. Blend it! Transfer the new mixture to your pump dispenser bottle and let it sit for about 24 hours and stir it every once in a while. It’s going to thicken up quite a bit, so if it seems too thick just add a little bit of warm water. When it’s done sitting, add in the essential oils and you’re good to go.
Happy washing! 
Author and Illustration: Emily De Nicolais exclusively for ohdeardrea. To see more of Emily’s work, click HERE


  1. This looks like such an interesting product. Buying all natural soaps can get super expensive so this is a great alternative!

  2. Can't you just use the Castile soap to wash them? Do you really have to add all the rest? Or is this just something that you prefer? Just wondering.


  3. This is fantastic! I've been looking for a great recipe and haven't quite found one, but this looks like a winner 🙂

  4. This is interesting! I haven't thought about making my own dish soap, but I'm excited to try it! 🙂