Benjamin Franklin said only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Well, we’re pretty sure there’s a third, and that’s dishes! No sooner have you finished washing up than the cups and plates begin to stack up again. Although we can’t stop this fact of life, we have found a way to make dishwashing more enjoyable: Squeaky Clean, a homemade liquid dish soap! With it, washing even the greasiest pots and pans will be a breeze!
When we decided to work on this dish soap recipe, we had several goals in mind. We were quite demanding! It had to be degreasing but soft on skin, foam up nicely, and have an easy-to-use texture. After several tries, we found the perfect formula.
Many of us at Coop Coco put our time (and dirty dishes) to work in testing this recipe, and it won us all over. When you see your Squeaky Clean dishes, we’re sure it will win you over too!
How to make liquid dish soap
Before you begin
To make this dish soap, you will be handling an ingredient with an extreme pH in its pure state: decyl glucoside (pH 11). You must wear protective gear (gloves and safety glasses) throughout the whole process. Rest assured, the pH of the final product is not corrosive (pH 9), so there’s nothing to worry about when you’re doing the dishes!
- 135.5 g (54.2%) demineralized water
- 1.5 g (0.6%) xanthan gum
- 20 g (8%) vegetable glycerin
- 38 g (15.2%) decyl glucoside
- 50 g (20%) coco betaine
- 2.5 g (1%) lemon essential oil
- 2.5 g (1%) washing soda (sodium carbonate)
- 1 small stainless steel bowl
- Personal protective gear
- 1 small spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 pipette
- 6 ramekins
- 1 mini mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 HDPE bottle (250 ml) with a push-pull lid
- 1 funnel
Good to know!
- Decyl glucoside is a cleansing agent that’s gentle on skin. When used in combination with coco betaine, it yields a soap that foams up nicely. The decyl glucoside can be replaced by an equal portion of coco glucoside.
- Lemon essential oil has antiseptic properties, which is why it’s so popular in natural housecleaning product recipes!
- If there are clumps in your homemade dish soap, you can strain it with a fine mesh strainer, crushing the clumps with the spatula. Do this just before step 9.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the demineralized water in a small bowl.
- Weigh the glycerin and the xanthan gum in a ramekin. Mix well with the mini mixer. Pour into the bowl containing the water and mix well with the mini mixer until a gel forms.
- Weigh the decyl glucoside in a ramekin. Incorporate it into the mixture by mixing gently with the small spatula to prevent it from foaming up.
- Weigh the coco betaine in a ramekin. Incorporate it into the mixture by mixing gently with the spatula to avoid foaming.
- Weigh the lemon essential oil in a ramekin. Incorporate it into the mixture by mixing gently with the spatula to avoid foaming.
- Weigh the washing soda in a ramekin. Gradually sprinkle it over the mixture while gently stirring with the spatula, until the washing soda is fully dissolved.
- Fill the bottle using a funnel. Your homemade dishwashing liquid is now ready to use!
Use and conservation
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this DIY liquid dish soap will keep for at least three months. It is formulated specifically for washing dishes by hand and cannot be used in a dishwasher.