DIY Homemade Dish Soap with Lemon Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil

Let’s dig into this easy DIY recipe.

First, place the washing soda and grated soap into a bowl. Washing soda is similar to baking soda, and you could use either; however, washing soda has a bit more of a boost when it comes to cleaning. It is a natural detergent and freshener and can be used for cleaning most anything around the home. It helps cut through grease easily, is completely natural and 100% fragrance and phosphate-free.
The grated soap is a key ingredient in homemade dish soap because it helps add texture and volume to the blend. You can add a little more if you want it thicker and less for a thinner solution. The key here; however, is to use pure soap, such as grated Castile soap.

Next, heat water to boiling then pours it over the washing soda and grated soap. Using a whisk, blend well. Once you mix those ingredients, add the Castile soap and blend again. As I mentioned above, Castile soap is 100 percent pure, which is why I love it. Castile is a type of soap made with vegetable oils, making it a vegan and cruelty-free ingredient. This makes it safe to use for most anyone. 

Lastly, add the essential oils and mix again. Lemon essential oil not only provides a nice citrus scent, but it’s great at helping cut grease. It’s even considered one of the topmost antimicrobial essential oils on the planet making it a natural disinfectant.

Lavender oil can’t be beaten for its wonderful scent and is one of the all-time favorite essential oils. Besides the natural antioxidant protection that lavender provides, which can seep into the pores of the skin when using it with your DIY dishwashing liquid, it has phenomenal benefits when inhaling it (which is what happens while you are washing your dishes). Lavender is known for improving your mood and providing relaxation — now that is what I call therapeutic cleansing! Allow it to cool, stirring occasionally.

Once all ingredients have cooled, pour your homemade dish soap into a BPA-free squirt bottle or a glass bottle with a pump and you are ready to go! Wash your dishes as you normally would and rinse well.


Like any product, if you notice any irritation, stop using immediately. Though these ingredients are gentle, it may cause an allergic reaction. You can also use different essential oils that you may prefer or have a better experience with using. Seek a holistic or functional medicine doctor for advice if needed. Avoid the eye area.

Summary :

Homemade Dish Soap with Lemon and Lavender Oil
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: About 16 ounces


  • 1 cup Castile soap
  • ¼ cup soap flakes or grated Castile soap
  • 4 tablespoons super washing soda
  • 4 ounces of purified water
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil (optional, rosemary)


  • Place the soap flakes and washing soda into a bowl and blend with a whisk.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then pour on top of the ingredients. Stir.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Blend all ingredients well.
  • Allow to cool, stirring occasionally, then pour into a BPS-free squirt bottle or a glass bottle with a pump.

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