After much internet searching, I have found an amazing homemade SUPER FRUGAL dish soap- NOT for dishwashers- the dishwasher detergent will be another post.
What you need for this:
1T finely grated soap flakes (use your favorite, it's not like you're going to be eating it.)
1T distilled white vinegar -you have it on hand for every other recipe of mine anyway!
1T washing soda
1 1/2 c. HOT water. Why hot? you need to dissolve everything.
essential oils such as lavendar, lemongrass, lemon, orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, etc. "kitcheny" scents.
Ok, in a heat-safe bowl, pour in your dry ingredients, followed by vinegar and then stir until dissolved. Let sit for about 24 hours and stir randomly throughout the day, to ensure that everything is staying dissolved. (it will, just make sure you stir to keep it from clumping).
Once everything is said and done, add some essential oils to your liking. Personally I'm a lavender junkie, but Rosemary and Lemongrass would smell amazing. So would a citrus dish soap! (traditional, no?) You could even make a floral with lavender, rose, geranium (which is a type of rose), etc. The possibilities are endless!
Pour into recycled dish soap bottle or other squeeze-type bottle.
TADA! Dish soap that cost you MAYBE 6 cents for the whole bottle. Compare that to the $3.00+ (with tax) that you're paying now and THAT is Smart and Savvy for this Diva!
Oh, btw, you CAN use this is the homemade soft scrub recipe that I posted before.
Quick tip, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda too to help soften the water and soften your hands!