DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe

DIY Lemon Dish

Making DIY Lemon Dish Washing Liquid is really a breeze! I was amazed at how easy it was and how well it cleans. 😉 If you have a lemon, a couple of drops of tea tree oil, bar soap, and water – you’re set! Luckily I had half of a lemon left over in my Citrus Keeper from Good Cook.  Did I mention that I love, love, love my Keepers?  They sure are handy to have around!

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You can make DIY Lemon Dish Liquid with or without tea tree oil.  It still works perfectly, either way.  I actually love tea tree oil but my husband doesn’t tolerate it very well.

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DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe


  • 1/2 of a bar of soap (I used Dial Basics)
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2.5 cups of water
  • Optional* Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil


  1. Grate 1/2 of a bar of soap into a pot on the stove
  2. Add water to soap
  3. Heat on medium until grated soap melts
  4. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into soap mixture & stir
  5. Optional* Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
  6. Let cool completely
  7. Pour into a bottle & use! (I re-used an old dish liquid bottle!)

NOTE:  Bar soap has a thickening agent in it. I noticed the next morning that the soap was trying to solidify. I took the top off and added just a little bit more water, replaced the cap, and shook it very well. It has been several days now, and it has retained its liquid form.

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  1. Do you think it would matter what type of bar soap you use? I many times get free or very cheap ivory soap…would be so easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I tried Ivory and it seems to get stringy. It works, but you have to get used to the consistency. 🙂 Play around with it. You will find one you like better than the others. It takes less than 5 minutes to make. 🙂

      1. I know you said you use Dial Basics, and I will give that a try…but for now I only have Dial gold, Dove, and Fells Naptha. What do you think about any of those?
        Thanks for sharing!!!

        1. I think Fels Naptha would be worth a shot. It melts very well and does not seem to have the same thickening agent as the others. LMK how it turns out for you. 🙂

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