Looking to make your own homemade dishwasher detergent? It can be expensive to buy the “natural” versions at the store, so below you will find my simple, 3 ingredient alternative!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
I run my dishwasher every day!! If you have a large family or one that tends to eat most of their meals at home, I’m guessing that you do too. I had decided to experiment with some different dishwasher detergents and see what would work in my dishwasher and be the most cost-effective. I definitely wanted clean dishes with no residue. I was using some store brands, name brands, and “earth” friendly brands. I have settled in with the homemade for over 9 months now and am happy with the results. The recipe is very simple.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
What You Need:
- 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup Citric Acid (Get it from Amazon)
Mix the powders together and add to homemade dishwasher soap “well”. I use approximately 2 Tablespoons in my main “well”. The amount will vary according to your dishwasher brand and capacity.
You can buy the Borax and Washing Soda at Walmart. I order the citric acid in a bulk amount from Amazon. You can also add in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to add additional properties to your powder. I like to add in the citrus oils like grapefruit, orange, or lemon oil. We use Rocky Mountian Oils because they carry great, inexpensive but well tested essential oils.
Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid
For the rinse aid compartment in my dishwasher, I fill that up with either vinegar or Biokleen Glass Cleaner Concentrate. Amazon seels the basic bottle and you can buy the concentrated version from Azure Standard if the diluted version does not work for you.
I have not had any problems with spots, residue or non-clean dishes with these combinations. We do have soft water in our house, so if you have hard water, you may find other results or have to adjust the amounts that you are using.
Let me know if you have questions on this or if you have other suggestions for future articles or topics that you would like to have us investigate or write about.
If you are trying to save more money, you might also want to check out this article on How to Save Money While Washing Dishes.
Until next time, Julie
Here are some other homemade cleaners you can try!
- Homemade Carpet Cleaners
- Homemade Lysol Wipes
- Easy Table Shiner
- Laundry Detergent
- Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
- Homemade Magic Erasers
- Homemade Cleaning Wipes
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This article on how to make homemade Dishwasher Detergent was originally posted on Little House Living in October 2011. It has been updated as of October 2019.