Homemade Dishwasher Detergent - How to Make Dishwasher Detergent

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Homemade dishwasher detergent is easy to make, eco-friendly, and better for the environment and your health than most commercial dishwashing detergents. Here are some tips and recipes to make your own dishwasher detergent at home.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe #1
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar as a rinse aid


Homemade Dish Detergent Recipe #2
  • 1 cup Borax borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup vinegar as a rinse aid


Homemade Dish Detergent Recipe #3
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of citric acid as a rinse aid
Powdered citric acid is found in the baking aisle of some stores.

Homemade Dish Detergent Recipe #4
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent
This is for one load of dishes. You are essentially cutting the amount of regular dishwashing detergent you use in order to make it last longer.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Recipe #5
  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Baking Soda
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 6 drops of essential oil - Lemon or Orange


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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tips
  • Use about 1-2 tablespoons in the main dishwashing detergent section and 1/2 tablespoon in the pre-wash. You can fill your rinse compartment with white vinegar for rinsing.

  • These recipes call for Borax. Borax could build up in your pipes. Commercial detergents contain agents to clear out pipes. You may want to use a commercial detergent every few weeks for this purpose.

  • Some recipes call for citric acid to be added to the detergent. Adding something acidic to alkaline cleaning agents reduces their effectiveness. It is better to keep the acidic cleaning agent in the rinse compartment, so it can aid in rinsing any build up off the dishes.

  • Homemade detergent only works for some people. Some people report a white film on dishes and that they don't get very clean. I think your results will be highly dependent upon the type of water and dishwasher you have. Make a small batch to start, so you don't have to waste a bunch of ingredients.

  • Run the empty dishwasher every once in awhile with 1-2 cups of vinegar. It works as a natural dishwasher cleaner.

  • Use less homemade detergent if you have an HE washer.

  • Use essential oils for a natural scent.


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