This DIY Dishwasher Detergent Is Ready In Two Steps And Will Leave Your Dishes Sparkling

Let's face it. There's nothing more frustrating than running out of dishwasher just when you need it. If that has ever been you, then read on for a simple recipe to make dishwasher detergent. The method is easy to understand and requires inexpensive items that you may even already have in your home. Even better, it works effectively well for a homemade detergent!

By Cookist

You may just decide to stop buying dishwasher detergents after trying this recipe — and for good reasons too! For one, you won't need to make an extra trip to the supermarket if you forgot to buy dishwasher detergent. Most importantly, it requires cheap ingredients, is void of harsh ingredients, but is still potent enough to rid your dishes of tough oil stains.

The strong cleaning power of this homemade is attributed to the combination of baking soda, washing soda, and borax, which are mlidly abrasive and known as natural disinfectants. In addition, borax softens the washing water and works to remove tough stains.


If you needed more convincing, how about the delicious citrus scent that'll linger around your kitchen after using this detergent?

All you need are:

  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup citric acid (you can use two packets of lemonade-flavored kool-aid instead — make sure it's lemon and unsweetened)
  • 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Method: this only requires two steps!

  • Combine all the ingredients
  • Store in an airtight container.

Tip: if you have a silica gel packet from a bottle of medicine or a shoe box, throw it into the container to prevent clumping.

To use:

  • Add 1-2 tablespoons per load
  • Add a splash of vinegar to act as a rinse agent that prevents spots. You can also place a small cup half full of white vinegar on the top rack. This step is important as it'll leave your dishes sparkling!

Happy cleaning!

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