Homemade Dishwasher Detergent!

One thing I really can’t give up is my dishwasher.  We have two young kids and we use that thing like crazy.  I throw just about everything in there too.  I sanitize our toothbrushes, clean sponges, you name it, I’ve tried washing it in dishwasher.  I try to use everything to my advantage, dishwasher included.  Those liquid detergents really add up though.  Even with coupons, I can’t get the cost as low as I would like.  I was reading our local newspaper the other day and I came across a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent.  I had most of the ingredients so I decided to give it a go!  It was so easy to make and you only need a tablespoon of mix each time!  I’m hooked. I really don’t notice a difference between this and the expensive stuff either!  It’s so much cheaper to make and it’s non-toxic!   I really hope you give it a try.


Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

1 cup Borax (This and the washing soda is found in the laundry aisle)

1 cup Washing Soda (this is the same stuff you use in the homemade laundry detergent)

1/2 cup Kosher Salt (it’s course and helps scrub!  I found this at the dollar store)

1/4 cup citric acid (5-6 unsweetened lemonade packets work)

Mix everything together and store in a plastic container (as my cute assistant is modeling below).  I have a special set of measuring spoons and cups just for my projects.  This way, I don’t use my food measuring cups and I can leave a Tablespoon in the container!  You might have to adjust the amount you use, depending on the hardness of your water.  I was ok with 1 tablespoon per load.  Also, I’ve been using white vinegar as my rinsing agent for years now!  This recipe made a large amount and I am really pleased with it.


Which dishwasher detergent do you use?  Are you willing to make the switch?  Enjoy!



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