Homemade Natural Dishwashing Soap

I love natural products to clean around the home. I’m always searching for new recipes and different ways to cut the chemicals out of our lives.

This fantastic idea is from the AROMATOOLS blog and I thought i’d share with you also.


Are you looking for a more natural soap to clean your handwashed dishes? This dish soap is thick like commercial brands and produces a good lather as you clean. We really liked this oil scent, but you are welcome to try something new—just add 15–20 drops total of your desired essential oils to the mixture before whisking.


  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 8 oz. plastic bottle with snap-top lid


  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl; gently whisk until the mixture thickens.
  2. Pour into the 8 oz. bottle.
  3. Place a small amount on a sponge and use to handwash your dishes, or add some to your dish water as the water is filling the sink.

Cleaning hack


One thing I love is a clean home BUT that wonderful feeling is even better when it’s clean and well perfumed.

Most of us love to burn essential oils in our homes to make them more welcoming and to give them a lift depending upon your mood. Whether that be lavender to help the kids to be calm or orange to perk you up.

I love to add essential oils to the soft filter in my vacuum cleaner! (mind your warranty first though)

I clean out the vacuum filter and wash it every 3 months and once it’s dry I sprinkle some oils on it and allow it to dry before using. As you vacuum the warm air blows the gorgeous essential oil smells through the house.


Moving is hard work!

So the family and I are moving into a gorgeous new home. While I am so so so overwhelmingly excited and happy I am at the same time beyond exhausted and ready to hire a huge skip bin and just throw out all that is remaining so I don’t have to pack anymore lol

Do you hate that final stage of packing the house? and there’s STILL cleaning to do for the vacate ARGHHH

The one amazing thing in the home that I am looking forward to the most is the kitchen, it’s HUGE and with a dishwasher *sighs* I’ve hand washed dishes for my entire life and i’m tired of it. Surely a girl with 6 kids deserves a dish washer? hahaha

Isn’t this DIVINE !!?? 

There’s SO much bench space in this kitchen, I’m not going to know what to do with it all. The house we are currently in has such a tiny kitchen that when two people enter the kitchen is full and there’s this strange corner shaped space of benchtop that’s useless as it’s deep to the window but not wide at all.

I think my FIRST meal that i’m cooking in my new kitchen is a good butter chicken with naan breads. I’m going to use ALL of that glorious space, and then that lovely dishwasher can clean up for me YAY !!

I cannot wait to show photo’s of the food I cook up in the kitchen, GAS COOKING TOO!! woop woop !!! looking forward to sharing many new recipes coming up.