• DIY Soapberry Washing Up Liquid

    So many of you love using soapberries to wash your clothes (and why wouldn’t you – they’re organic, natural, hypoallergenic, plastic free, palm oil free, compostable and they work!), but did you know you can turn them into a washing up liquid too?

    Read on as we show you how to make a natural soapberry washing up liquid so you can avoid harmful chemicals and detergents. What’s even better is that you can also use this liquid in your dishwasher, as a shampoo, hand wash, and more!

    Make Your Own DIY Soapberry Washing Up Liquid

    How to Make Your Own Soapberry Washing Up Liquid


    • 100g soapberries
    • 8 cups (2L) water (this will make approximately 1L of dish liquid)
    • 6 drops of pure essential oils (if desired), here we used lemon myrtle and eucalyptus for their antibacterial properties

    You will also need a large saucepan, fine sieve or nut milk bag, and a glass bottle with a lid to store.


    1. Add the soapberries and water to the saucepan and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 1 hour. This is the saponification process.
    2. After an hour, turn the heat off and let it cool overnight in the saucepan. This helps the liquid to settle and bind.
    3. Using your fine sieve or nut milk bag, strain the liquid into your bottle, add your essential oils if using, place the lid on the bottle and shake gently to combine. Compost the used soapberries.

    How To Use

    Gently shake before using. Add about 2 tbsp to your sink under hot running water.

    You will notice some small bubbles, but it won’t produce a rich lather like you’re used to with conventional washing up liquids. This rich lather is the result of synthetic thickeners, foaming agents and surfactants. Don’t let this deter you however, as it has decent cleaning power and will clean your dishes effectively, especially with a little soaking and a good natural dish scrubber.

    Tip: This same liquid can be used in your dishwasher, all-purpose cleaner, as a hand wash, shampoo, or pet shampoo!

    If using this in the dishwasher it’s important to also put some white cleaning vinegar in the rinse aid department to help clean out and control any grease and oil build up.

    Some people also add a small amount of citric acid as a preservative. To do this, mix 1 tsp of citric acid with 1 tbsp of boiling water and stir to dissolve. Add to the strained soapberry liquid.

    This natural soap liquid contains a lot of water and plant material, so it’s best kept in the fridge to avoid spoilage. If kept in the fridge it will last about a month.

    You can also leave it at room temperature, where it will last about 2 weeks (less in hot climates).

    Note: This soapberry liquid soap may not be as effective in areas with hard water, or water with a high mineral content. Don’t give up! Persevere and experiment until you find a concentration that works for you. You could try using less water initially to make a stronger concentration.

    Soapberries can be used in so many ways to clean around the home. Find more ideas here >


    As with all our DIY recipes, you can experiment to suit your preferences. Many factors can change the end result, including temperature, humidity, light, ingredient quality. Some DIYs can be amended by remelting or adding ingredients, but some cannot. Please read the whole recipe before beginning and remember to have fun!

    Biome cannot issue a refund if the DIY skin care product, DIY hair care product or DIY body care product you make using our raw DIY ingredients do not perform as you’d hoped. We will, however, offer a refund if the raw DIY ingredient packaging is broken or leaking, or the ingredient itself appears to be ‘off’.

    Before using any raw DIY ingredient for the first time, please first research that ingredient’s potential benefits as well as safety precautions and possible side effects. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

    If you have severe acne, very sensitive skin, or another skin concern or health condition, we recommend seeking medical advice before using any new product on your skin, whether that be a raw ingredient, a DIY product you’ve made yourself, or commercially formulated product.

    Please exercise caution when using essential oils. If you are pregnant or have any kind of health or skin condition, we recommend you speak to your doctor before use. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids, so use in moderation. Pure essential oils should never be used directly on the skin and should never be ingested. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. Each essential oil is unique and may not be suited to everyone. Please research potential benefits as well as safety precautions before using any essential oil. Some essential oils may interfere with medication. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

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    At Biome’s Naked Beauty Bar, you will find all of the beautiful raw ingredients you need to make your own natural skin care and cleaning products. These ingredients are available in convenient reusable glass jars, and in bulk from our Indooroopilly and Balmoral stores.

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