Dish Soap - Is It Better To Buy Or Make?


Here's the thing.

I like to make my own products but only if the end result is, in my opinion, equal to or better than the store bought version.

I was going to write this post 2 weeks ago and my answer was going to be - buy it.  The homemade versions just don't cut it.  But then I decided to give one more variation of the main recipe I'd been using a try.  I found it on another blog and people loved it.

I, however, did not.

My post, now 2 weeks and 1 additional recipe later, is holding with the opinion that it's better to buy.  The homemade versions are just too watery.  I don't have a dishwasher, therefore, wash all dishes by hand and I just need to feel soap and I need it to last.  I know, I know, lack of suds or thickness does not mean your dishes aren't clean.  It's just a hard thing for me to compromise on.

In the event you would like to try the recipe{s} for yourself, here are the ones I tried:

Homemade Dishwashing Soap #1
3 c. boiling water
1 c. liquid castile soap
2 T. grated bar soap
2 T. super washing soda
2 T. white vinegar
Mix together all ingredients until fully combined.  Let sit overnight to gel.


Homemade Dishwashing Soap #2
3 c. boiling water
2 T. grated bar soap
2 T. borax
Mix together all ingredients until fully combined.  Let sit overnight to gel.


Homemade Dishwashing Soap #3
2 c. boiling water
1 T. borax
1 T. super washing soda
1/2 c. liquid castile soap
2 T. white vinegar
Mix together all ingredients until fully combined.  Let sit overnight to gel.


Homemade Dishwashing Soap #4
1/4 c. grated bar soap
2 c. boiling water
1 T. white vinegar
1 T. vegetable glycerin
Mix together all ingredients until fully combined.  Let sit overnight to gel.

7 comments:

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Sorry the recipes didn't work out for you, but at least you gave it a go! I know a lot of people make homemade laundry detergent and I've tried several recipes but just don't like it very much. So laundry detergent for me falls into the buy category as well.

Jo's World said...

In my quest for less expensive soap, I have had some watery stuff not worth a dime, but a month ago, I bought Ajax Triple Action, 90 fl. ounces or 2.81 qt at Wal Mart for $3.79. I pour it into a smaller bottle and its just working great. Made up for all those duds I bought! Like Staci, I am a handwasher, so I will just keep looking for good buys like Ajax!

Jo in MN

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

This is good to know. I hear so many rave about it, but I just haven't done it, and you've convinced me to stick to that. And the blue colored "Dawn" actually kills fleas and last summer it more than paid for itself by being able to do that.

luckybunny said...

I really appreciate your honesty. I like to make most things too but I agree laundry detergent is one thing I buy - and as for the dish soap I've never tested it. I feel your word is good enough because I know you make so much yourself. It would be interesting to do a comparison sometime just to see with my own eyes the difference. I think some things just might not work as well when you make them at home. My skin is sensitive so I find I can only use Dawn - I wonder if these homemade ones would cause skin irritation in sensitive skin? Hmmm.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Donna - I wouldn't think the homemade versions would cause skin sensitivities but I'm not sure. Probably depends on the version.

Tammy - I know a lot of people aren't fond of the homemade laundry detergent for the same reason as I wasn't fond of the dish soap but I must say I really do love the laundry soap.

Thanks Kim and Jo. Kim - true, you've got a dual purpose product there!! :)

Laura Lane said...

Thank you for your honesty.
Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

kimonoblossom said...

I agree it's not easy to make liquid soap as I've given it a few its and it was never quite right. I'm going to give it one more try....
In the meantime I usually have a big bar of Savon De Marseille (I'm in Switzerland) by my sink and just rub the sponge over it and wash my dishes and pans. It's great for dirty frying pans and white porcelain - gets all those tea stains of cups. A bit like your Castille soap I guess?

A bar of that lasts for about 3 or 4 months and works for kitchen counters and cupboards. I just use the shop bought liquid soap for glasses as it leaves no residue and sparkles up easily.