Homemade Dishwasher soap

Easy homemade dishwasher detergent made with a just a few simple ingredients, and the best part is it works incredibly well! I will never go back to store bought detergent.

If you’ve been here for a bit, you’ll know that I’m on a journey to make my own products, including cleaning products, that work well but don’t come with super crazy ingredients.

This is for a powder detergent, but I do give a pod option for this same recipe so keep reading!

I found a homemade laundry detergent that I’m obsessed with and now I’m happy to say that I can add a homemade dishwasher detergent to the list!

I’m not going to lie, it took a few tries to find a recipe that didn’t leave any residue on my dishes. I wanted something that would clean my dishes, not leave an odor and not leave any residue.

You can thank me later for this recipe. *wink


The ingredients you will need are relatively simple and easy to find.

  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Citric Acid
  • Washing Soda

The citric acid I used, is what I use when I can food. But citric acid is citric acid. It’s all the same.

How to make:

It’s such a simple, easy recipe! Dump it all in a bowl and mix.

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/3 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/3 cup Salt

How to use:

I use 1 tbsp per dishwasher load. I keep a designated tablespoon in my glass container that I store my dishwasher soap in and use that anytime I need to run my dishwasher.

I just add it to my little detergent compartment, close the lid and start my dishwasher as normal.

As a bonus, I do add in about 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to the bottom of my dishwasher (instead of a rinse agent) right before I start it. It helps prevent mineral build up, it’s a natural disinfectant, it helps with odors and my dishes sparkle when they come out.

Pods option:

If you’re looking for more of a pod option instead of a powder, you can add in 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Mix everything together and then immediately put it into your silicone ice cube mold.

Let it harden overnight. I would store them in the same glass container I have my powder in.

To use, just use one pod per load.

Your turn!

I believe that if you make this, and use it, you won’t go back to store bought detergent.

I did try a liquid detergent and while it cleaned good (I think HA), it also left a white film all over my dishes. The only way to get it off was to hand scrub them all. And I mean scrub. This recipe doesn’t leave any film on my dishes. I hope you love it as much as I do!

I also have an awesome laundry detergent that I use, you can find that here.


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