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