4-Ingredient Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Making your own dishwasher detergent allows you to know, and control, exactly what you’re using to clean the dishes you eat with every day. As with many homemade cleaning products, an extra benefit is cost savings. For those who feel empowered by making their own household products, this homemade dishwasher detergent is simple, useful, and effective.

Making your own dishwasher detergent allows you to control what your dishes are being cleaned with, save money, and is simple, useful, and effective.

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About Dishwasher Detergent

A review published by the Environmental Working Group of 24 common dishwasher detergent brands shows that many contain chemicals that are of concern for a large number of health problems.

If you’d like to eliminate the nagging concern that your dish detergent may contain chemicals that could affect your health, you enjoy making your own household products, or you like to save money, making your own dishwasher detergent just makes good sense.

Effective homemade dishwasher detergent is notoriously difficult to accomplish. The impact your water has on the cleaning process is difficult to account for. Hard water, soft water, the types of minerals in the water, chlorine or other chemicals in your water supply, all affect how well your detergent is able to clean your dishes.

I’ve spent the past two years, yes years, trying to find a combination of ingredients that work. Every time I thought I was close to getting the right mixture, my glasses would turn hazy or my cutlery would look tarnished.

It was a frustrating and time-consuming process but I’m glad I stuck with it and finally accomplished my goal. I love knowing what’s in the cleaners I use in my home. It gives me peace of mind, saves our family money, and provides a sense of accomplishment by making it myself.

Know Your Dishwasher Detergent Ingredients

Making your own dishwasher detergent allows you to control what your dishes are being cleaned with, save money, and is simple, useful, and effective.Baking soda is used in everyday baking, safe enough to use as toothpaste, can relieve heartburn and the sting of a sunburn, along with many other uses.

Citric acid occurs naturally in abundance in citrus fruits but is now commercially produced. Although there are some who are voicing concern over its extensive use as an additive in processed foods, for the purposes of cleaning there is no known safety concern.

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is a naturally occurring mineral. There has been much debate as to the safety of Borax. However, all concerns that can be substantiated are in regards to high levels of ingested Borax. For use in the dishwasher, this shouldn’t be a concern.

Lemon essential oil is a degreaser, eliminates hardwater spotting, sanitizes, and removes tarnish from cutlery and metal cookware.


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Making Dishwasher Detergent

Making your own dishwasher detergent allows you to control what your dishes are being cleaned with, save money, and is simple, useful, and effective.Ingredients

Making your own dish detergent is quick and simple to do. The ingredients you’ll need are…

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil

You’ll also need a storage container for the detergent. I suggest something with a tight fitting lid or a zip seal baggy.

Good To KnowGood To Know Borax is generally found in the cleaning and laundry supplies section of most supermarkets and grocery stores. Citric acid can be found where canning supplies are sold. It’s also easily ordered online.

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, or directly into your storage container, add all the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender or whisk, thoroughly blend the mixture.
  2. Add the lemon essential oil, one drop at a time, blending in completely after each drop.
  3. Store in an airtight container or baggy.

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Using Your Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Dishwasher DetergentFor each load of dishes, use 2 Tbsp of dishwasher detergent.

Hint: Use distilled white vinegar in your rinse aid compartment, or a splash in the bottom of the dishwasher, to ensure a spot-free shine on all your dishes including crystal clear glassware and shiny cutlery.

Some people have experienced clumping with homemade dish detergent recipes containing similar ingredients. If this happens, break up the mixture and continue to use.

Enjoy the convenience of dishwasher detergent tabs and know the ingredients that go into them. Making your own cleaning products is easy and inexpensive. ← This recipe works great for Dishwasher Detergent Tabs too. They make dishwashing even easier!

Easy and Economical

As you can see, making your own dishwasher detergent is easy and economical. This detergent gets my dishes, silverware, and glassware all sparkling clean. So, go ahead and mix up a batch today.

Have you made your own dishwasher detergent? Do you find it to be effective in getting your dishes clean? If so, please share in the comments below.

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Making your own dishwasher detergent allows you to control what your dishes are being cleaned with, save money, and is simple, useful, and effective.

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4-Ingredient Dishwasher Detergent
4 simple ingredients make up this hard-working dishwasher detergent.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 1 cup borax
  3. ½ cup citric acid
  4. 30 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, or directly into your storage container, add all the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender or whisk, thoroughly blend the mixture.
  2. Add the lemon essential oil, one drop at a time, blending in completely after each drop.
Notes
  1. Use 2 Tbsp per load.
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