DIY Liquid Dish/Hand Soap

Another one we’ve been working on for a while. To get the right ingredients, amounts and consistencies isn’t always easy, but we got there! We’re pretty chuffed.

You will need:

• Reusable bottle with pump

• Funnel

• 1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar 

• 1/2 cup of cooled boiled water

• 1/2 - 1 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds

• 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil 

• 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice (we used lemongrass)

• Table salt (to thicken, if required)

We have been using our soap block from Savon de Marseille for a while, but we do sometimes miss a liquid detergent. Just for some stubborn food scenarios. We didn’t want to buy a bottle of commercial liquid detergent, in a plastic bottle. So we scrolled the internet for ‘tried and tested’ recipes. We have put a few recipes together and created one that works for us. 


• Choose your pump bottle and place the funnel on top.

• Add all the ingredients one by one, leaving out the salt for now.

• Pop the lid on, once finished and give the bottle a really good shake.

Test the mixture out, pump a few times as we found the initial part was quite watery and then it got thicker. If it’s still too runny, add a tablespoon of Table Salt to thicken it up. Also, divide or multiply the quantities of the ingredients to fit your bottle size.

We realise Sal Suds is in a plastic bottle, but it is a concentrated, biodegradable cleaner. So therefore, only need to use a cup of it every now and then. That means it will last us for a very long time. Compared to buying a bottle of standard liquid detergent every other week or so, it is massively cutting down on your plastic usage. Plus we will reuse the bottle once we have finished with it. We hope you like it! Enjoy!