DIY Natural Dish Soap
I have always been a bit of a DIY lady.
I grew up crafting. I love to cook. And if I can make something for cheaper (and cuter or better quality) then what I can buy in the store, you better believe I am going to be whipping it up.
So, the fact that I am now serving up a DIY Natural Dish Soap recipe is kind of no surprise.
Well, it is kind of a suprise to me...since I never imagined in a million years that home cleaning products were something I would feel the need to start making. But I did. Not out of fun, but more out of necceity.
I have been cleaning up my family's diet for years and years. We don't eat foods with fake food dyes or artificial chemicals. We make pretty much everything from scratch and police the ingredient lists of the few processed foods we do consume like FBI agents. However, it dawned on me about a year and a half ago that I needed to be checking up on the quality of our cleaning and personal care products with the same concern that I had for our food. Our skin, however, is our biggest organ. So whatever goes on it, also goes into our bodies.
At first, I wasn't too terribly concerned. I already bought cleaning products that boosted themselves as "natural" or "organic" on the label, so I felt with confidence that my products were probably pretty non-toxic and safe.
Oh, my. I couldn't have been more wrong.
After I downloaded the Environment Working Group (EWG) app for my phone (its free, go get it immediately), I started scanning all of the things in my home. And I do mean all of the things. I truly went own a rabbit hole and what I found out at the bottom was that I was filling my house with products that were disguised as "clean" and "natural," but were in fact filled with toxic chemicals that I didn't want near my family or in my house.
The deceptive promotion of a product as being natural or "green", I learned, is called "greenwashing" and is a very real issue. You see, the regulations on cleaning and personal care products are not nearly as rigorous as the regulations that are put upon the foods we eat. And, unfortunately, many companies use those lack of regulations to disguise their less-then-natural products as something safe and pure.
As I continued to dig and learn more about greenwashing, I was utterly blown away by the amount of deceitful labeling and wording that consumers have to see through when trying to buy truly natural and nontoxic home and personal care products. However, it also taught me the valuable lesson that we all must be our own wellness warriors and advocates.
So, I became my family's advocate. I slowly started researching and slowly started replacing all of the things we had been using. One at a time. Not all at once or overnight. Just a little here and there. At first it was just making our own hand soap and replacing our dryer sheets with wool dryer balls. And then I started looking into better options for shampoo and body washes. And now, I am tackling one of the hardest-to-find-truly-clean cleaning products....dish soap.
Heads up...this isn't foamy dish soap...and thats a good thing!
Yep. It is good when your soap doesn't foam. I know it is a weird idea to wrap your brain around, since we have all grown up associating big, foamy bubbles as a sign of a truly effective soap. However, those big foamy bubbles are often the product of super strong detergents and chemical foam-boosters added to the soap to MAKE bubbly action.
Mountains of bubbles are not required to have an effective soap. And you will probably find that when you don't use a super foamy commercial dish soap, you don't get "dishpan hands" as much...sine those added foaming enhancers tend to strip the natural moisture from your skin.
Truly clean dishes. Soft-as-a-baby's-butt hands. No gnarly chemicals. What more could you ask for?
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DIY Natural Dish Soap
All natural dish soap is super simple and can be whipped up in a few minutes. Free of gnarly chemicals often found in commercial dish soap, this dish soap is easy, non-toxic and economical!
Combine water and salt in a medium pot. Warm on medium heat, stirring until the salt dissolves.
Adding washing soda to the pot and stir until that is disolved
Add Castile soap and essential oils to pot. Stir a few times to combine everything
Let cool and transfer to a dish soap dispenser.