DIY Eco Friendly Cleaners – Dishwashing Soap

Thinking of homemade laundry detergent, reminds me of creating my own dishwashing soap and general purpose household cleaner. I found a great recipe that’s also easy and inexpensive. Now I have a better use for those plastic dish soap and laundry detergent bottles!

Try this recipe from (one of my most favorite magazines for finding DIY ideas and greening my daily routine).

This eco-friendly dishwashing soap can be used for dishes, handwashing, floors, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks. The eucalyptus and mint provide a disinfecting quality as well as a fresh scent.

5 cups grated castile soap
1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon borax
6 cups hot peppermint tea
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil

Put grated soap into a three-quart stainless-steel saucepan and add hot mint tea. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Add baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil and remove from heat. Allow to cool, then store in a labeled plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake before using.