DIY Dish Soap (That Smells Like Fall!)

DIY Dish Soap (That Smells Like Fall!)

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So, quite a while ago, like 10 years ago when I was 23 and had no kids, I was really into DIYing my own cleaning supplies.

Except, Pinterest and blogs weren't a big thing back then, and the available recipes were kind of terrible and didn't really work. I also didn't really know about adding essential oils to things.

As I got older and busier, I stopped making my own stuff and reverted to buying store bought. First, the crazy toxic chemical heavy stuff, and then later, when my daughter was born in 2012, switching to gentler, more plant-based options.

Nowadays, I use Young Living products for a lot of my plant-based cleaning needs (learn more about that here), but I'm getting back into DIY for a few reasons: 

1. We are finally starting to get serious about doing the Dave Ramsey debt snowball to pay off a mountain of debt that I've been ignoring for like 15 years (eek, that's a blog for another day) and I am striving to be as resourceful as possible with making things with what we have, and also on a budget! I've kind of become obsessed - listening to his podcast, joined his FB groups, everything!

2.  I like it. I get a weird sense of satisfaction from making my own stuff and having it work (just me?)!

3. Recently, I discovered I have a chemical sensitivity so making things with as few, non-toxic, ingredients as possible is super important to me.

So, today I want to share with you the DIY dish soap I made today that I am LOVING. It smells amazing, bubbles up nicely, and it works!

Most of the ingredients you might have on hand, and if you don't have Thieves Essential Oil, a Young Living blend, you can get some in a starter kit here (it's in both the Premium Starter Kit and the Thieves Starter Kit). It's what makes this soap smell like fall and the oils in it also have cleansing properties that are great for a dish soap!

DIY Dish Soap


  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild)
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 
  • 1 Tablespoon Washing Soda (Usually in the laundry section of the store, but not always. If you don't have it, you can make it! See *note below)
  • 5-20 drops Thieves Blend Essential Oil (start lower and see what works for you. You can always add more later but you can't subtract). 

*Note: Regular old baking soda can be converted to washing soda via a chemical reaction in your oven! Simply spread a layer of baking soda about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick on a baking sheet, and put it in your oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees F. Mix it up halfway through. Baking soda is silkier and softer, and washing soda is grittier and grainier, that's how you'll know it's done. Take it out and let it cool on the counter. When it cools, put it in a jar and cover with a lid. Ta-da! You made your own Washing Soda for like 50 cents.


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and then pour in 1 1/2 cup very hot water (I got it to almost boiling on the stove and then poured it in). Be sure to whisk/stir this mixture until all ingredients are blended
  2. Allow mixture to cool completely on the counter. Stir occasionally. 
  3. Store in any dish soap dispensing container. I personally re-used an old bottle of dish soap and don't feel stressed about storing something with oils in there. It's diluted enough and I'll use it quick enough that I feel okay about it. 

Enjoy!! And if you don't have your oils yet, you can get them here




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