As a kid, my parents cooked dinner every night and with three siblings, we quickly learned that the dishes didn’t just clean themselves. My mom had a thing about not using the dishwasher everyday. Us kids never contested it. We were basically taught that the dishwasher was a large drying rack. WE, were the dishwashers.

When it came to soap, some of us used more than others. Because we washed everyday, my mom bought a good brand that made the best bubbles. They seemed like the only fun we could get out of the chore, and if you’re working with one of your brothers or sister, the bubbles often started a war. So then the argument of who would wash, who would dry, and who put away.

Either way, the dishes got done.

So as we moved in to our own home, the perfectly well working dishwasher machine was used more in the (almost) two years we lived there, than my whole life.

Brandon grew up doing more of the actual dishwasher thing. That factored several discussions on the whole rinse or no rinse before loading the actual dishes, and we all know whom wanted to rinse first (ME).

With only two of us at home, the dishes were not super often. It took a few days to pile them up enough for the use of the dishwasher. Finally, after finishing a bottle of dish soap, and not remembering to put it on my grocery list, it dawned on me… (pun intended). I make my own laundry detergent, how hard could it be to make my own dish soap.

The lack of a dishwasher in the RV and supply of ingredients I would have, helped make sense of a homemade dish soap.
So here is it! Simple:


2 cups hot Water
1 Tbsp Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1 Tbsp While Vinegar
1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
5 drops Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Empty 20oz Container -I use an empty dish soap container
Measuring Utensils
Funnel (if you need it)

Pour the hot water into your container. Add in the Super Washing Soda and swish it to dissolve. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix. Don’t shake, if you can. Add soap if you want more bubbles!