I hunted for a long time for how to make your own natural, homemade dishwasher detergent. I found many recipes that were natural and called for just borax and washing soda, but they never seemed to work very well. They just didn’t get the dishes clean. I’ve found a recipe that finally works well and won’t poison my family! It’s also super easy to make as well.
Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe
-1/2 cup borax
-1/2 cup washing soda
-1/4 cup Citric Acid
-1/4 cup kosher salt
How to Make Dishwashing Detergent
Mix all ingredients together well by shaking. Mine clumps but I just shake it before I use it. If you don’t want to order citric acid online, you can check a beer making store or even a health food store. I found some in bulk at our local health food store!
Use about 1 Tablespoon per load. If you wanted to scent yours, you could add a few drops of your favorite essential oils in. I really didn’t mind it unscented, so I went with that. For months we purchased and used Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, which wasn’t exactly frugal but definitely is much better for us than conventional dish washing detergent.
Do you make your own dishwasher detergent?