Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

So here is another thing I have figured out to make for super cheap and it works so well! Here's what all you will need.

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Lemi Shine


You will find the Borax and Washing soda in the Laundry section of the store and the Lemi Shine near the Dishwasher Detergent.

First I measure out the Washing Soda and the Borax and sift it so I can get all the clumps out.
My Lemi Shine and Kosher salt are too thick to go through my sifter so I just add them in last. Stir the whole thing together.

The Lemi Shine has a tendency to make this mixture rock hard or clumpy so I added some rice - I put mine in a coffee filter since I was fresh out of cheesecloth, tied it with some kitchen twine and threw it in the bottom of the jar I was using.

Pour the detergent into whatever container you are using. 1 Tablespoons per load of dishes. I doubled the batch this time - and this will last me many months (and I usually run the dishwasher everyday). You can also use vinegar in Rinse compartment instead of Jet Dry.

When doubling the batch this still only cost me around $5 to make and I still have Borax and Washing Soda left over for another batch of Laundry Detergent!


  1. I have been struggling with getting a recipe to work right. So today I am heading for Lemi shine.
    I have minute rice, is that ok to use? Thanks!

    1. This recipe is so frustrating for me! I love it because it works so well! But it clumps so bad! Mine ended up getting hard in the glass container so I ended up just dumping it in a large Ziploc baggie. The first few days I take the bag and shake it around to keep it clump free. Let me know how yours turns out!

  2. I followed your suggestion with the rice and moved it to the cleaning closet hoping to keep it dry. Nope :) I will put it in a zip loc and shake it like you suggest. I have used it 5 loads now. I don't have the cloudy film that I was getting. ( I think because of the lemi-shine )
    But sometimes the dishes still don't look very clean. So, I am still playing. Not sure if I should put some in the pre-wash cup or put a couple drops of liquid. If you have any suggestions at all.....I'm listening. Thanks so much for your time to answer my questions.

  3. Thanks for the zip lock tip. I've been making my own dishwasher soap since spring and saved a ton of money and chemical exposure. My dishes were cloudy at first, so I started using about half the amount and adding a splash of vinegar to each wash. Perfectly shiny dishes now. And clean dishwasher too. :-)