Why do we make our own homemade products?
Ahhh, good question! We all know that most commercial dish soaps are loaded with toxins, but even “green” cleaners often contain chemicals I’d rather not lather up with.
For example, the second ingredient in a popular “healthy” store brand is sodium lauryl sulfate, which isoften contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane and has been rated as a moderate health hazard by the Environmental Working Group (source).
There’s also another reason I love this recipe: It has a very low hassle factor. In other words, it doesn’t take much time and it’s easy.
- 1 3/4 of a cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of grated bar soap (any choice)
- 1 tablespoon of borax
- 15 to 20 drops of essential oils (any choice)
Even though some people think that borax may be toxic and carcinogenic to humans, they are false. Researches have proved the opposite, so, feel free to use it but keep it out of reach of children and pets just in case they swallow some.
Method of preparation:
- Boil the water and add the grated bar soap and the borax in it. Mix until the soap is melted.
- Add the essential oils
- Allow this mixture to cool down for 6 to 8 hours. Stir it occasionally.
- Once the mixture is cooled store it in a bottle.
- You are now done making the dish soap, feel free to use it.