Homemade…Dishwasher Detergent

on January 27, 2013

Well today I ran out of dishwasher detergent and decided to try making my own. I have planned on it for a while now, I even bought the ingredients two weeks ago but just never got around to it. Well I have to say, it is so easy, quick,  inexpensive, and effective. I just finished my second load of dishes and they came out great. I’m sold! So here is the recipe for dishwasher detergent.



1 cup borax




1 cup baking soda





1/4 cup salt. (I know I have a 1/2 cup here but I couldn’t find my 1/4 cup anywhere. So I estimated and it worked fine.)







1/4 cup citric acid. (Once again I had to use the 1/2 cup and had to estimate the 1/4 cup.) You can buy citric acid in a jar but I also read you can use sugar free lemonade mix. This brand is from Aldi but you could use any sugar free brand. It worked fine but I think I will be buying the big jar in the future so I have less packaging to throw away.






30 drops lemon essential oil. I bought mine at the health food store in town.







Put all ingredients in a container and shake to mix. Use 1 Tablespoon per load. If you have hard water you could use 2 Tablespoons. I also used white vinegar as a rinse aid.

Well there you have it. Homemade dishwasher detergent. Enjoy!

2 responses to “Homemade…Dishwasher Detergent

  1. Hannah says:

    I have never seen a dw detergent recipe.. of course I don’t have a dw. but still this is great!!

  2. suvo says:

    Thank you so much for the mention – and a glowing one at that! Many people like Homemade dishwasher detergent that more friendly to the earth.

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