I love the smell of lemongrass, it smells fresh, citrusy and is reminiscent of the high-end candles I like to smell at various pottery barn type stores. It is actually one of the more affordable essential oils, at less than $5 for a small container. This dishwashing liquid works really well, smells great and costs almost nothing. The washing powder cuts through grease, the liquid castile soap makes a slight lather, the bar soap thickens, and the glycerine makes it a little thicker and softens your hands in the process Lastly, I add a little tea tree oil for its natural anti-bacterial properties.
Note: Do not add vinegar to your dishsoap, as it cancels out the cleaning properties of the castile soap and the soap breaks down.
1 1/2 c boiling water
1 rounded tbsp washing powder
3 tbsp castile bar soap, grated on smallest setting (I used a microplane)
1/4 c liquid castile soap
10-15 drops lemongrass essential oil
5-10 drops tea tree oil
Boil water and add washing powder, stir until all dissolves. Add bar soap shavings and stir to dissolve.
Add essential oils then pour all ingredients into a re-used plastic dishsoap bottle or a glass olive oil bottle (even better!)