Frugal Living: How to Make Your Own Dish Soap

Posted: 03/25/12 9:00 AM (Modified: 03/25/12 9:00 AM)


While I do realize dish soap is cheap (especially if you coupon), I'm also all into this 'make your own' thing right now so I think this recipe is pretty cool. Ideally, you simply save left over bits of soap and combine them all together to make this. However, I think that is gross so I shaved a bar of Ivory soap instead. You can do it either way and it works great!


1 Cup of Soap Shavings (or little pieces of leftover soap in small shavings)

1/2 Cup Hot Water


Simply grate a bar of Ivory soap to get 1 cup of shavings. Pour your shavings into a large bowl and mix with 1 1/2 - 2 cups of very hot water. Mix this well and let it sit for an hour or so. You'll find that the shavings melt into the water. You can let it sit for several hours or overnight if you prefer.

Once you're done, pour it into an empty dish soap container or squirt bottle.

Since you can get dish soap so cheap, it might be best for your family to just buy it. However, I actually had several bars of Ivory soap that I picked up nearly free several months ago so for me, it was cheaper to make my own in this case. Obviously, if you saved up your little bits of soap, that would be even more frugal.

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Mar 25, 2012 01:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 25, 2012 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is great! This is for Ivory soap ONLY: An easier way to get soap flakes/shavings is to place a small bar of Ivory soap on a microwave safe plate or, better yet, put it into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. It will turn into a huge mound of what looks like foam or whipped cream! Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool completely. When it's cool, all you need to do is take a fork or some other utensil and start flaking it apart for easy soap flakes. You can store whatever you don't use in plastic bags in the freezer.


Jun 27, 2012 09:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Is this the same as ivory flakes that they sell? Iwant to buy those but I dont think they are available in a lot of areas.

Jul 3, 2012 08:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

how do you keep it from solidifying again once it is in the bottle??

Jul 3, 2012 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Mine has not solidified. Jessica

Jul 5, 2012 07:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I am having white gunk in my glasses with this recipe....... Any suggestions????

Jul 6, 2012 08:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Perhaps a rinse aid would help. Jessica

Aug 7, 2012 03:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

try adding vinegar to get rid of gunk

Aug 23, 2012 09:57 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

mine seemed like it worked and I poured it in bottle, but the next morning, it had completely hardened. did I not use enough water or something?

Aug 24, 2012 10:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Is it safe for use on baby bottles and nipples?

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