Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

This month I am doing a short, weekly series on natural homemaking.  You can check out the first post here and the second post here.

Homemade Natural Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

This week I’m excited to bring you a clever little idea that I had.

Are you familiar with those little dishwasher tablets that are sold in all the stores?  ( Here’s one example - http://amzn.to/16OBDLl and here’s another - http://amzn.to/16OBFCV .)  They seem awfully handy and I’ve often wanted to buy them.  However, they also are really expensive and just squirting or shaking a little detergent into the receptacle isn’t that hard.  But then I started this natural homemaking series on the blog and I began thinking about all the store bought cleaners that I use and dishwasher detergent came to mind.  So, I took to the internet and decided to make some of my own naturally.

Well, there are about a ZILLION dishwasher detergent recipes on the internet and I thought to myself that it wouldn’t be very helpful to just repost one of those.  So I thought of the tablets again and I thought, “Hey!  Maybe I could make those with all natural ingredients!”  Here’s what I came up with.

Ingredients

1 cup borax - http://amzn.to/13SCPHw
1 cup washing soda - http://amzn.to/1d6vWL4
1/4 cup salt
2/3 cup lemon juice

Directions
1.  Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl.
2.  Add the lemon juice and mix well.

3.  Put the mixture into an ice cube tray - http://amzn.to/1f3JWC0 and pack hard.  Make sure you press it down really well into each ice cube spot and fill all the spaces.

4.  Let dry for 12-24 hours, preferably in the sun for as long as possible.  (You’ll notice that the tablets in the mason jar in my photo are a little crumbly, that is because I took them out about 4 hours after I made them…. lesson learned.  Let them dry longer.)
5.  Put in your dishwasher and run as usual.

**Note**
If you have really hard water, like we do in Phoenix, then your glasses might come out with a bit of a film and some hard water stains – mine definitely did.  The best thing to do is rinse them really well after you take them out of the dishwasher.  From what I’ve read on the internet, adding white vinegar to your “rinse aid” spot in the dishwasher should help this.  I haven’t tried it yet but I think it might do the trick.

 

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Comments

  1. Such a good idea!!

  2. How many does this make? thanks

  3. These work really well and smell fantastic! The only problem I have is that my dishwasher has a smaller space for soap so I have to cut my ice cube shapes in half. It’s still enough to get the dishes clean though.

  4. Rhonda Endriss says:

    Could I use Kosher salt or is table salt what you use and does it even matter?

  5. Joyce Vassil says:

    I don’t even use the receptacle in my dishwasher….I just toss it into the bottom of the dishwasher and run it!

  6. Sory, but borax is acutely toxic…

  7. Amelia Sorce says:

    I heard that a bit of citric acid (food grade) will clear hard water spots. I don’t know how much to add but could be worth some consideration.

  8. Is baking soda the same as washing soda?

    • No Kim. They are different. You should be able to find washing soda in the detergent aisle of most grocery stores.

      • You can actually make washing soda from baking soda, spread it out on a baking sheet and cook it for a bit. Google for exact instructions. Washing soda is hard to find in Canada, so I generally make mine.

  9. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post with our readers.
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  10. I made these today and i was so excited to make them I forgot the salt Ugh…I hope they come out OK

  11. Are washing soda and borax low or no sudsy detergents? I’m concerned about suds in the dishwasher. Thank you!

  12. EXCITED! I READ YOUR RECIPE AND IMMEDIATELY DECIDED TO SUB VINEGAR FOR THE LEMON JUICE TO ADD THE ACIDIC LIQUID: CHEAPER. THAT SHOULD ALSO HELP WITH WATER SPOTS. I HAVE BEEN USING A NATURAL STORE BOUGHT BRAND WHICH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE & WILL DEFINITELY MAKE A BATCH.
    THANKS FOR SHARING.

  13. I also have hard water and use vinegar in my dishwasher all the time i just pour it in the bottom and start . Glasses come out very clean.

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