Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent Recipe Needed!

Posted by Mrs Money on July 15th, 2008


dishsoap.jpgHelpful readers: I am in desperate need of your help. I am looking for a dish soap recipe and dishwasher soap recipe. As you are probably aware, I love making my own cleaning products. I have tried and tried to make my own dish soap and dishwasher detergent, but every time it either doesn’t work, or turns out horrible. I want to “be green” and also be frugal at the same time. Here are a few things I have tried.

Dishwasher detergent recipes:

Mix and use per dishwasher load:
1 Tablespoon Borax
1 Tablespoon Baking soda

1 Tablespoon Borax
1 Tablespoon Washing soda

These recipes never seemed to get my dishes clean!

Dish Soap Recipes:

I’ve also tried melting soaps down to a liquid consistency and then using those as dish soap. I have a ton of bars of soap that I wanted to use up. I used Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps, melted them, and then used it as dish soap. The problem is that it doesn’t lather up very well. It works fine for hand soap, but when you put it in the sink to wash dishes it just stinks.

I have tried googling, asking around, and asking my mom, who normally knows how to make everything. No one has a dish soap recipe to make your own dish soap or dishwasher detergent!

Do you make your own dish soap and dishwasher detergent or know of a recipe that I can use?

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5 Responses to “Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent Recipe Needed!”

  1. dish soap is crazy, I love how different brands bubble and how putting a dirty plate in the water and the dirt just lifts away…maybe thats weird. I just do.


  2. Andrea says:

    Have you tried vinegar? It can be used as a rinse agent but I got so sick of my no-good detergent (have not found commercial green detergent that works) I just filled a bowl of vinegar on the bottom rack and ran a load without any other soap–it wasn’t perfect but at least it didn’t leave white residue everywhere. I would take it over some detergents!


  3. Mrs Money says:

    Andrea- I haven’t tried vinegar! I love vinegar, and will have to try that soon. Thanks for the suggestion!


  4. Isa says:

    check out:


    Mrs Money Reply:

    Isa- Thanks so much for sharing! I will have to try this! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out. 🙂


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