Easy DIY Dishwasher Detergent

Sweet Potatoes and Social Change Easy DIY Dishwasher Detergent

This homemade dishwasher detergent takes 3 minutes to make, is environmentally friendly, and saves you money. Photo By Samantha McClellan

Yesterday I wrote about making your own laundry detergent, today I’m continuing the trend and including a recipe on the next easiest household cleaning product you can make, dishwasher detergent. It uses a couple of the same ingredients as the laundry detergent does, plus a couple of other easy-to-find household staples. Again, I have not done a cost comparison, personally, but considering that most people now buy the type of dishwasher detergent that are individual blocks or packets I would say that it it is most likely cheaper to make your own. Not to mention of course that you know what ingredients are in your homemade soap and they are all environmentally friendly. This recipe is even quicker to make than the laundry soap because it doesn’t involved grating a bar of soap, so next time you have 3 minutes to spare here is a great way to save some money and help the environment.

ingredientsDishwasher soap: 

1 cup of Borax

1 Cup of Washing Soda

1/2 cup of citric acid (Find this in the grocery store with the canning supplies)

1/2 cup of Salt

White Vinegar


In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and funnel them into a container. Use 1-2 TBS per load in your dishwasher and include 1-2 TBS of white vinegar per load as a rinse agent, this prevents any residue from being left.

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