I grew up using Dawn dish soap. I was raised to believe this was the best product to use. As an adult and mother, I did some digging to learn what was in Dawn and decided I could do better. Why would I want to eat off of plates and utensils and put my filtered water in a glass that was washed with this stuff. I was on a mission to find a better way to do dishes. I found it a few months ago.
I found a few eco-friendly brands, preferring Seventh Generation to the others and stuck with that for a few years.
Then searching the wonderful web, I cam upon an article that gave a homemade recipe that I just had to try, with a minor adjustment to the recipe, and I will never go back to liquid dish soap again.
This recipe is used in the home and created by Daryl Thompson a food scientist with Florida’s Global Research and Discovery Group.
Home made dish soap
mix equal parts of the following 3 ingredients. I keep mine in a glass jar.
- baking soda
- citric acid (or it’s noted you could use powdered lemonade mix)
That’s it. So easy and much cheaper than any bottled dish soap. Plus there is no plastic packaging.
Now what did I change? I eliminated the borax. I have had trouble using borax in the past, it bothers my breathing. I’m not sure yet if it is a serious problem or why, but I don’t like having to hold my breath around the powder and need to leave the room while it airs out.
So my recipe is even cheaper, it’s simply baking soda and citric acid. If I run out of citric acid, I simply add a little hydrogen peroxide to my water. Simple and easy. To answer your next question NO, I never tried powdered lemonade mix that just sounded wrong. :-)
Why these three ingredients? You can read the article here, but I will paraphrase for you:
- Borax and baking soda are gentle abrasives
- adding citric acid with water and baking soda softens the water and allows dirt and grease to more easily dissolve
- the reaction of borax with HOT water creates Hydrogen Peroxide a mild bleach. (so you could add peroxide and eliminate the borax.)
Let me know if you try this and what you think. If you have a favorite dish soap recipe please share it in the comments.