This morning, I ran out of dish soap. I tried one homemade recipe and it was a bust. But, since one of my New Year resolutions was to be healthier, I thought I'd give it another try. I scoured (pun intended) the Web and found this recipe. I read all the reviews and everyone seemed to be pleased with the results, so I figured, why not? I had all the ingredients on hand.
The recipe did say that the soap will thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick, add a bit of warm water and shake it to get to the consistency you desire.
So, how does it work? I washed a plate and a greasy plastic container. Both were clean. The soap had some suds, wasn't slippery, and got both clean. Next time, I think I will decreased the tea tree oil or do something citrus. After it sat all day, it because very thick, as in a big glob, so, I added hot water, got out a chopstick and mixed it. Definitely added more to the bottle than shown. Worked great. All in all, I'd call this a win.
1-1/4 cups boiling Water
1/4 cup tightly packed Bar Soap, grated (I used Octogon)
1 tablespoon Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
10-30 drops essential oils (optional. I used 15 drops tea tree because I love the clean smell)
Stir occasionally. As it cools, it separates ever so slightly.