DIY Dish Soap and Hand Soap Recipes

As you may have read here, here and here – saving money, getting healthier, and doing DIY projects with essential oils has been our jam lately.  We’ve always been a health conscious family who likes to cut costs where we can, but ever since we realized how seamlessly we can integrate the oils into our family’s DIY projects we’d be doing anyway, we’ve been all about it.

You see, like many of you, we have young kids who like to stay busy – so I figure involving them in DIY projects that help us save money and stay healthier over the long term sounds like winning to me.  You too?  Let me share with you our latest project we thought you’d like.  🙂

How to make your own dish soap and hand soap with only 3 ingredients!

We made homemade dish soap and hand soap and found the perfect mason jars with pumps to dispense the soap at our local Francesca’s store.  I also found some pretty ones on Amazon too – just click the picture to see:

Project supplies:

How to make your own dish soap and hand soap with only 3 ingredients!

We made both hand and dish soap with similar, yet slightly different proportions of ingredients. Each of the two recipes included the same three ingredients of castile soap, water, and essential oils – just in different proportions leading to different consistencies.

Purifying Dish Soap Ingredients
Dish Soap Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and place in mason jar or bottle. Use 5-8 squirts clean a sink full of dishes.

Peppermint Hand Soap Ingredients

  • 1 cup castile peppermint soap
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 – 15 drops peppermint essential oil (or substitute your favorite oil)

Hand Soap Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and place in mason jar or bottle.

How to make your own dish soap and hand soap with only 3 ingredients!

We experimented a bit before settling on what we liked.  Feel free to tweak recipes as needed for your preferences.  These soaps would also make fun gift ideas tied up with a ribbon at the top of the mason jar!

Have you ever made homemade soap?  Would love to hear your favorite recipes too!

If you’re new to using essential oils, you may want to check out Young Living’s amazing premium starter kit.  We have found that was the best way for our family to get started. Learn more about why and how we use essential oils, and how you can too right here  🙂

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Kola wrote:

    oooohh i adore those mason jars!! so stinkin CUTE! I have some lemon essential oil at home so maybe i’ll sub that for the peppermint. I’m forever planning DIY projects for the weekend and they never happen but it’s fun to plan and tell myself to do these things haha

    thanks for sharing this Syb!! 😀

    Posted 1.26.15 Reply
    • Sybil Brun wrote:

      I know, right? I hear you all the way miss Kola! And yes, absolutely use whichever oils you like best! 🙂

      Posted 1.26.15 Reply
  2. Jenny wrote:

    Sybil, Glad to have found you on Pintrest. Have you ever made soap w/ glycerin & left overnight to thicken? I need a thicker consistency, so it doesn’t run off my hand before I can wash

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply