Thursday, May 28, 2009

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

One of the ways that I save money is by making my own cleaning products (go here for a list & recipes). This week I am making my own dishwasher detergent. I have never tried this before but I am curious to see if it will work. The recipe I am using is for liquid dishwasher detergent since the liquid works better in my dishwasher. There is also a recipe for the powder version here.


  • 1 Cup Baking Soda

  • 1 Cup Borax

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 2-3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)


  1. Mix baking soda, borax & water until dissolved and then mix in essential oil.

  2. Store in a jar or squeeze bottle.

  3. Use 2-3 tablespoons per load.

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  1. This is the first recipe I have ever seen for liguid diswasher det I am going to try it Thanks!!!1

  2. I have been checking out various homeade dish detergent recipes---how did this turn out? Thanks!

  3. Rachel,
    This recipe worked very well for me. It is very simple and my dishes were clean!

  4. You need to get water boiling first before you put in your borax and baking soda.. my first batch clumped up and hardened. It cleans well!

  5. Does anyone know if Washing Soda would work better than baking soda.


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