Make your own Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent Recipe


200470668-001.jpgSo I decided last month to make my own laundry detergent. That is working so well I decided to try and make my own dish soap and dishwasher detergent.  Here is the recipe I made up: 1/2 bar of soap (I used the trusty Ivory) and melt that in 32 ounces of water.  I shaved it up using a grater, got the water hot, stirred it, and then let it sit.  It turned out well, but when I washed dishes with it, it just didn’t suds up.  I am really disappointed.  I’m going to keep using the regular cheap dish soap from the store until I can find a good recipe for homemade dish soap.  I’m just going to use this as liquid hand soap for the time being so it doesn’t get wasted.

I did, however, make a successful homemade dishwasher detergent recipe, and that is as follows:

1 part borax to 1 part baking soda.  I started out with one cup borax, one cup baking soda.

I used two tablespoons per load and it works really well.  Sometimes I use vinegar in the rinse cycle.  Vinegar is amazing.  It is one of my cleaning staples!  I also use vinegar for cleaning my carpets.  The smell is a little overwhelming at first, but once it dries it is not noticeable and it does a great job cleaning carpets!  It leaves the carpet so soft and fluffy, and it not a nasty chemical like the commercial cleaners.  Try it some time!

What are some homemade cleaning products that you make and use? 

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18 thoughts on “Make your own Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

  1. Catherine says:

    I use vinegar instead of fabric softener when I wash my clothes. Someone suggested it online someplace, so I gave it a try when I washed a load of rags. I thought it might smell, but NO! It comes out not smelling like anything (the way I like it) and I don’t have to shell out the big bucks anymore for the free-and-clear softener.


  2. Mrs Money says:

    Catherine- I have heard of vinegar as fabric softener too, but haven’t given it a try. I’ll have to do that. I have begun to love vinegar! 🙂 I feel much better about using it with my family too.


  3. vita says:

    What ratio do you use for cleaning the carpet with vinegar? I use vinegar to clean a lot of things too and would like to add this into my cleaning routine.


  4. adriann says:

    I also use vinegar as a fabric softener in the washer. I put it in the “downy ball” and my close have no static!


  5. Chookiechick says:

    I don’t bother with vinegar as a fabric softener. As I have to use a dryer, I use dryer balls instead, and they work really well. They soften the clothes by mechanical agitation – literally beating the clothes into softness! (I wonder if the same effect could be achieved by 2 tenis balls in the dryer?)… It is a little noisy but works well, and doesn’t bother me too much as I have a separate laundry room.

    I do use vinegar for cleaning carpets (1 cup/gallon of water), in a homemade antibacterial spray, to descale all sorts of things from the steamer to the coffee maker and also to clean out the washing machine and the dishwasher. I also use vinegar in the rinse-aid part of the dishwasher and use it as a glass-cleaner.

    I make my own laundry detergent – I prefer a dry one – equal parts of grated soap, laundry soda and borax.

    And I am so going to try the dishwasher detergent!


  6. Bryan says:

    I’m not sure you should use vinegar as a carpet cleaner. Fabric softeners essentially work by breaking down fibers. Specifically, vinegar might leave your carpets soft and fluffy, but it will absolutely strip off any stain protection that came on the carpet (some level is standard on all carpet these days), and will ultimately allow the carpet to get much more saturated with dirt, where it can bind more closely to the fibers because it has frayed them. You pay heavily for softness – fabric softeners wear out clothes much more quickly than without. That’s also why washers without agitators are better for your clothes.

    You’ll be replacing your carpet much sooner by doing this.


  7. Mrs Money says:

    Brian- That sounds like a legitimate idea! Thankfully, I’ve ripped up the carpet in my office and we’ll be pulling up the carpet in my living room soon as well. Thanks for sharing your idea; I’m sure anyone that stumbles upon this post will be fairly warned now. 🙂


  8. fish tank aquariums says:

    Here’s a good recipe for an oven cleaner, minus all the harsh chemicals you’ll find in store bought cleaners.

    1 cup baking soda
    1/3 cup table salt

    Spray oven well with water.
    Mix together the dry ingredients and then sprinkle over the water.
    Next, Spray again with water.
    Leave to sit overnight. Wipe out the next morning and scrub oven with hot soapy water.


  9. Farmer's Daughter says:

    I tried this recipe for a few months after hearing about it on another blog. However, my glasses became really clowdy, like they weren’t being cleaned or there was some kind of residue on them. I used vinegar as a rinse aid, too.

    I have since switched back to an eco-friendly detergent, and my dishes are clean again. I’d like to make my own but don’t want to sacrifice quality.


  10. Mrs Money says:

    @ Farmer’s Daughter- I purchased Costco’s dish detergent and have been using that. It claims it is eco-friendly. I agree with you!


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