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DIY: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Published on November 28th 2014 by under DIY

We have discussed several homemade topics in the past that are not merely a ‘one-step-forward’ to going green, but also are good and friendly to your health and everyday-lifestyle. Like in the past we shared with you our recipes for homemade detergents for your clothes, we couldn’t help sharing with you a few of our wondrous recipes for cleaning your dishes. Now, to take that, we must also consider the fact that, dish is something that is directly connected to your health, since we serve our food to our loved ones, especially our healthy little children! So, this bit is crucial.

The foods that we consume are responsible for our general health, tout de suite. The food that we eat comes directly in contact with our utensils, dishes and bowls, and that MUST really be clean and healthy at that. The crude, chemically treated dish-cleaners that are available in the stores are not merely loaded with harsh chemical compounds that our body is not at all friendly with, but also have a devastating impact on our health in the long run! This is proven truth, and needs no further evidence as to how these chemicals are actually overtaking our hearts and livers and lungs, and pervading our whole system within.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

We are against this, and as a defender of the green revolution, we will leave no stones unturned to help you live a healthy, green life and support you enhance your lifespan.

Here are a few of the great recipes of making your own homemade automatic dishwashing detergents (dry and liquid, for both normal and hard waters), sitting in the comfort of your home, yet staying fit and healthy… Trust us, there are no extra costs, no hassles, yet finding the most perfect recipes to a better life, like never before. Try out these recipes and feel the difference to perceive how important your health is to us!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – 1


  • Borax – 1 cup
  • Washing soda – 1 cup
  • Citric acid – ½ cup
  • Kosher salt (to scrub) – ½ cup

How to make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  • You can use 1 tbsp per load. However, you can also use one heaping tablespoon if you feel the need.
  • Each of these batches yields 24 oz of detergent. You can store this in a container that you would not need for any further use, e.g., an old container to keep yogurt or coffee which you can easily fit it under your basin or sink. You can also double the batch, or multiply this amount for creating any amount you prefer.
  • In order to make a DIY rinse agent, you can just fill the compartment with some common white vinegar.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – 2

(without borax, with lemi-shine)


  • Lemi-shine – 1 ½ c
  • Super washing soda – 1 ½ c
  • Baking soda – ½ c
  • Sea salt – ½ c

How to make DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

This is just simple. Just mix all the ingredients together, mentioned above. And it’s done!!
You can just use 1 tbsp per load of dishes to wash.


  1. Add a teaspoon of rice to the detergent to help absorb moisture.
  2. You can add ½ to1 tsp citric acid to each dishwasher load.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – 3


  • Borax – 2 parts
  • Washing soda – 2 parts
  • Citric acid – 1 part
  • Salt – 1 part
  • Essential oils (for scent, but optional)

How to make DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  • Mix all the above ingredients well and store in container with an air-tight lid.
  • You can use 1 tablespoon per load as is required.
  • To the powder, add several drops of dishwashing liquid for an extra boost-up before you close the soap container in the dishwasher.


You can also add white vinegar as the rinse agent.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – 4

(homemade dishwasher detergent cubes)


  • 1 Cup Washing Soda (cleaner)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda (cuts out grease)
  • 3 packages unsweetened lemonade drink mix (added cleaning power, antibacterial and smells awesome)
  • 1 Cup of Kosher Salt (reduces hard water build up – you might be able to reduce this amount if you have soft water)
  • 1 Cup Water

How to make DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Combine all the above ingredients together in a big bowl with spoon. The water will fizz. Once done with combining into clumpy texture, this mixture can be spooned into two trays to make ice cube. Use fingers for compressing the detergent into each cube inside your ice-tray until packed firmly. Then-after, it is time for these to dry up. Dry them in a sunny spot for at least 24 hours, and it is ready for use.

How to use

For using them, you can add a tablet to your dishwasher detergent compartment. Also, you can well use white vinegar too, as a rinse to aid saving you money.

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