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Making homemade washing-up liquid and hand-soap

My partner and I don’t have a dishwasher so we get through a lot of washing up liquid! I was concerned about the amount of plastic bottles we were getting through and about the harsh chemicals in some of the washing-up liquids we were using. From what I’ve read online, making your own is cheap and better for the environment so i thought I’d try it.

The first recipe i tried was from onehowto.com:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup of grated glycerin soap (i bought 500g of a melt and mould one from baldwin&co)
  • 1/2 handful of salt
  • 2 table spoons of bicarbonate of soda
  • juice of half a lemon

First i boiled up the water and vinegar, then turned down the heat to add the salt. Then I added 1tbsp of bicarb and it fizzed everywhere!! (I think I added too much in one go?) I added the rest in smaller amounts and managed to add it all without the same thing happening! Then I added the soap flakes and stirred until they were completely disolved. then I took the pan off the heat and stirred in the lemon juice. I let it cool completely before putting it in a bottle. a soapy bubble layer separated from the liquid which I stirred back through.

Overall it is quite a watery/liquidy washing up liquid, and it doesnt bubble up with water and it has bits of soap floating through it! But it seems to wash dishes okay so im not too worried that it came out a bit weird/ different to usual washing up liquid! It all fitted in a 500ml bottled which i got from balwin&co!

I also thought I’d try making liquid hand soap using the same soap I used for the washing up liquid inspired by this recipe.


  • 150g grated glycerin soap
  • 1.5L water

All I had to do was boil the water in a saucepan and stir in the soap gratings until they dissolved. Then I let it cool before putting it into a container. Before this I added about 7 drops of lavender essential oil to make it smell nice! Just a warning: the glycerin soap can slightly separate feom the water into a big blob. I would recommend stirring thoroughly when its cold before pouring into a bottle. When I did this without stirring it poured out onto the worktop like a dead jellyfish!! + I had to scoop it up. I made quite a lot - I filled up two 250ml amber glass bottles from baldwin&co and a reused 1L ecover hand-soap container.

Will give you an update on whether they work well or not!! ✨

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I tried making my own washing-up liquid and hand soap ✨ from what I've been reading online, making your own is cheap and better for the environment so I thought I'd give it a go. For the washing up liquid I used boiling water, vinegar, salt, grated glycerin soap, bicarb + lemon juice🍋 For the hand soap I just used boiling water, the same glycerin soap (grated) and a few lavender essential oil drops🌼 The bottles I bought to contain the hand soap and washing-up liquid are from Baldwin&co. I also re-used an ecover bottle to contain the rest of the hand soap! 🍶 Will give you more details of the method and how they turned out on my blog. Both recipes I got off the internet - will gives the links to these too 🌿

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