Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed by clever marketing to believe that we can’t clean properly without big, fluffy, sudsy bubbles. You need to know that this is not the case at all. Bubbles are almost always created by the addition of surfactants (substances which reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) and SLES (sodium laureth sulphate).  According to davidsuzuki.org, depending on manufacturing processes, sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4-dioxane (possible human carcinogen). So, rid your mind of all preconceived notions that bubbles are the only way to achieve clean dishes.

This dishwashing liquid is good if you’re a squirt-it-on-a-sponge kind of dish-washer; it cuts through grime and doesn’t leave behind any residue – just be sure to rinse in hot water.

If you’re after a sink full, yes you can use this recipe, but you could also try Soapberry Master Stock

Sometimes I just use my Foaming Hand Wash recipe, on a sponge, or I drop a Dishwasher Tablet into a sink full on water. Both quite simply get the job done and are great in a pinch when you have nothing else on hand.

Initially, it does feel odd I must admit, not having a sink full of the foaming white stuff. But trust me, you’ll get over it. We did!!


Makes: 250 ml Prep time: < 5 min.


• 1 cup | 250 ml liquid castile soap
• 20 drops of essential oils


My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon, lime and grapefruit, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Add a good squirt of liquid onto a sponge and wash dishes as usual.

Recipe Notes

You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your container.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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