After browsing the web for simple home-cleaning solutions, I came across an informative website with easy dish soap recipes. I wanted something simple and effective with ingredients readily available at my local health store so I decided to try the Liquid Castile Soap recipe. The ingredients for this recipe are liquid castile soap, water, and a few drops of essential oil.
I cut the recipe in half for my test run and combined only 1 cup liquid castile soap, 1/4 cup water, and 1 drop bergamot essential oil. I shook the bottle with these combined ingredients and my new dish soap bubbled right up. I tested it out on a greasy pan as well as other dirty dishes, and noticed great results all around. The soap was not as bubbly as my commercial, name-brand product, but it cleaned well and I enjoyed the light smell of the essential oil.
After putting my new product to use, I took a look at the ingredients in both of my products to decide if I would continue to pay slightly more to buy castile soap for my homemade recipe rather than purchase my name-brand dishwashing liquid. The ingredients for my castile soap were as follows: water, saponified organic coconut & organic olive oils (w/retained glycerin), organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, and vitamin E.
In comparison, my name-brand dish soap listed only biodegradable surfactants (anionic and nonionic). I was disappointed at this lack of description and attempted to Google it with little success. I will continue to make my own dish soap and pass along the recipe, because I can truly trust it whereas I can only hope that my name-brand dish soap would be healthy option.