Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.
Homemade dishwasher detergent is something I have wanted to make for awhile now. This year, I am trying to make my own natural products as much as possible, including dishwasher detergent. However, there are 3 things I require of the natural products. I need them to be:
I have tried a few recipes and finally found one that meets all 3 requirements. With this detergent and the very simple rinse aid, your dishes will shine (as will you, knowing how much money you’re saving!).
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda (or Washing Soda)
- 1/2 Cup Borax
- 1/4 Cup Kosher Salt
- 1/4 Cup Citric Acid (or 2 unsweetened Lemon Kool-Aid Packets)
Step 1: Turn your baking soda into washing soda.
Washing soda can be tricky to find (usually in laundry aisles) and I haven’t found it in bulk (making it costly). I stumbled upon Penny’s blog, which explains the easiest way to turn baking soda into washing soda.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
- Stir occasionally
- The baking soda will turn sort of grainy – voila!
Step 2: Pour 1/2 cup washing soda into mixing bowl.
Washing soda is sodium carbonate and it cuts grease and neutralizes odour. Approximate cost per batch: 40 cents. Best price I’ve found: Bulk Barn (baking soda only).
Step 3: Pour 1/2 cup Borax into mixing bowl.
Borax is a natural detergent and stain fighter. It occurs naturally and can also be man made. Approximate cost per batch: 50 cents. Best price I have found: Walmart.
Step 4: Pour 1/4 cup kosher salt into mixing bowl.
Kosher salt is thick, granular salt and acts as a gentle scrubber for your dishes. Approximate cost per batch: 35 cents. Best price I have found: Bulk Barn.
Step 5: Pour 1/4 cup citric acid (or 2 Kool Aid packets) into mixing bowl.
Citric acid is a natural fruit acid which acts as a water softener allowing the detergent to clean better. Approximate cost per batch of 2 Kool-Aid packets: $1.20. Best price I have found: Walmart (especially in the summer).
Step 6: Mix well and store in an airtight container.
Use 1 tablespoon per load of dishes.
Homemade Rinse Agent
- Lemon Juice (a squirt)
- Dish Soap (3 drops)
- Vinegar (about 1/2 cup)
Note: I freeze the lemon juice and dish soap with a bit of water in ice cube trays for convenience.
Simply drop one frozen cube and the vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher before starting.
I have had such wonderful success with this detergent. I feel good knowing it is natural, great knowing it is simple, and wonderful knowing it’s inexpensive.
I have calculated the approximate cost of a 24 load batch and the price is only $2.45!