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We have a new system in our house. Every time we run out of a household or beauty product, my husband puts it on our shopping list, I say, "I bet I could make that," he crosses it off the list, and I give it my best shot. The most recent example of this is dish soap. Why go buy some brand name dish soap when I could make my own natural version with a few simple ingredients?

And indeed, a few simple ingredients are all that's required for this recipe that I found on Nature's Nurture. You'll need water, washing soda, castile bar soap, castile liquid soap, and optional essential oils.  

Wait, what's washing soda? Sounds like it will be hard to find. I thought you were only doing EASY recipes on this blog ... 

Trust me. Go to your grocery store's cleaning aisle. You'll find washing soda. Arm & Hammer makes it. Maybe other brands do, too. I bought a big box for $1.09.  

What about these essential oils? Sounds fussy.  

In all the recipes I've made so far, I've considered essential oils optional. I think they're mainly there to provide a pleasant aroma. In this case I bought some tea tree oil because it's one of the cheapest essential oils and I figured I could use it in multiple recipes. If you don't want to buy essential oils, don't sweat it. 

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First step: grate your bar soap. The soap has a gentle give to it, so this isn't a tricky thing to do. You'll want 1/4 cup tightly packed grated soap.  

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Next, boil 1 1/4 cups water.  

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Add the grated soap and stir until dissolved.  

 

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The mixture started getting very foamy at this point. Next time I'll use a bigger pot.  

 

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Add 1 tablespoon washing soda and stir until dissolved.  

 

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Add 1/4 cup liquid castile soap and stir until dissolved.  

 

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Let cool completely and add optional essential oils. I used 10 drops of tea tree oil. The original recipe suggests 20 drops of orange and 10 drops of tea tree.  

 

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Pour the mixture into an old dish soap container and you're done. Another DIY recipe completed in under 10 minutes!  

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