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When I first started dissecting the origin of toxins in my home, my dish soap was the first to change. I found out that the popular, store bought dish soap I had been using was chock full of chemicals that, quite frankly, scared the crap out of me. I read the ingredients and immediately felt sick to my stomach.

If someone put poison on your child’s dinner plate, then rinsed it off with water, would you still feel comfortable giving it to them to eat from?


I know I wouldn’t.

That’s pretty much how I view dish soap.  Every ingredient I use on my dishes better be safe for my family AND the environment!  (You don’t have to like how it tastes, but it should still be safe, overall.)  I set out on a quest to find a dish soap that fit this criteria and worked like I needed it to.  I tried brand after brand until I finally decided to create my own.

I probably created fifteen different recipes that didn’t work.  When I finally figured it out, I felt like I had struck gold!  Haha.  If you are new to the DIY world, I should point out that soap becomes unsaponified when mixed with vinegar.  Most of the homemade dish soaps I have found online include castile soap.  However, I wanted to include vinegar so this made it difficult if I wanted to follow other recipes.  I discovered that, aside from creating castile soap, Dr. Bronner’s also created  “Sal Suds”.  I love Sal Suds for many reasons… one of the things I love is that it can be mixed with vinegar!  With that being said, this recipe calls for white vinegar (which is fantastic on grease and kills germs in the process), and is used in conjunction with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds.  It’s a double whammy!  😉

Just for further reading, here is a great article written by Lisa Bronner that explains the differences between Sal Suds and castile soap.

Please comment below and let me know how you like it! Thanks and I hope you enjoy!  <3

Grease Cutting Liquid Dish Soap

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 12 ounces

Grease Cutting Liquid Dish Soap

This dish soap is all-natural, non-toxic, and works like dish soap should. It's also full of germ killing, grease-cutting ingredients! Add high quality essential oils to give it that extra boost.


  • 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup warm distilled water
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • About 20 drops of essential oils (optional)


  1. Warm the vinegar and distilled water in a small pan.
  2. Dissolve the citric acid and kosher salt into the pan.
  3. Take it off of the heat.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together high quality essential oils in with Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds. (If you aren't using essential oils, skip this step.)
  5. Pour the Sal Suds and essential oil combination into the water/vinegar mixture.
  6. Whisking constantly (or better yet, using a hand blender), slowly sprinkle the guar gum in a little at a time until it is completely incorporated.
  7. Keep mixing until the soap has thickened. (About 3 minutes)
  8. Allow the mixture to cool completely and add it into a container of your choice.
  9. Prior to each use, give the container a good shake just to make sure it has not separated (this is normal).


If essential oils are being used, your soap should be stored in a dark colored glass container. You should give the soap a good shake each time you use it. Separation is normal but this does not make it any less effective.


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