Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


Thanks to my friends Gaylene and Pinterest, I have started making my own dishwasher detergent.  It is super cheap and all natural and I thought I'd share with you.

You will need:
1 c. Borax
1 c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda) 
1/2 c. Kosher Salt
4 packets of lemonade (generic or name brand)

Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl...

Put the mixture in a container and THAT'S IT! I used a pickle jar and painted the lid.  However, I recently acquired some FABULOUS mason jars and will be transferring the detergent.  It's pretty enough to keep out.

I use about 1 tablespoon per load.  You can also use white vinegar as a rinse agent as well.  There are several recipes that are all very similar.  Depending on your dishwasher (ours is super cheap-o), you might try different kinds.

Have fun, good luck, and CHEERS to being frugal.


  1. LOVE home-making any kind of soaps...this is GREAT! You could substitute some lemon essential oil for the lemonade if you wanted. Thanks for sharing, been really wanting to do this!

  2. What a great idea to make your own! :-)