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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

March 31st, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homemade Household Cleaners

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I have been wanting to make homemade dishwasher detergent for quite a while.   I ran out of dishwasher detergent this week and I knew it was time!

I tried a few different recipes that really didn’t please me.  One recipe left a gritty film and one left the glasses very cloudy.  I tried a new one today.  I found this recipe here…thanks Eco Friendly Family!!  After two loads I have declared this homemade dishwasher detergent recipe a keeper.

Making your own homemade dishwasher detergent uses only 4 ingredients so not only easy but cheap…score!

The ingredients are basic:   Baking soda, washing soda, sea salt

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

and Lemi Shine.   I had never heard of  it until I came across this recipe.  You find it with the dishwashing rinse additives.  I got mine at our local grocery store.  It is good to know that Lemi Shine is made of 100% all natural fruit acids and oils and contains no phosphates or fillers.

Mix together:   1 1/2 Cups Washing Soda, 1/2 Cup Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Sea Salt, 1 1/2 Cup Lemi Shine (it comes in a 12 ounce container so use a full one)

I store mine in the Lemi Shine container because it is easy to pour.   It occasionally clumps but it is nothing a few good shakes won’t loosen up.

Use 2 tablespoons per load.  Instead of rinse agents, such as Jet Dry, I simply pour white vinegar into the rinse container in my dishwasher.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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7 Responses

  • anne conover says:

    I have been looking for a recipe just like this! I’m going to pin this. I already make my own laundry detergent so this just makes sense.

    • Angela says:

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I find that putting vinegar in the rinse aid part of my dishwasher (the place where you would pour a product like ‘Jet Dry’) helps with cloudy glasses, good luck! :)

  • Nikki says:

    Miss Angela! You have made me very happy! :D
    Dishwasher detergent was the last item that I just could not get right. I have tried so many different combinations of the same products and tried different recipes from others as well. For some reason I always ended up with residue on my dishes. BUT, I made a very small batch of this (using lemon Kool-Aid instead of LemiShine) and IT WORKED! I have a blog post with lots of cleaning recipes…. I would LOVE to link back to this (and the Eco-Friendly Family)…. it WORKS, it WORKS!
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    • C says:

      So– how much of the lemon Kool Aid and other ingredients did you use?

      • chris says:

        please let us know how much kool aid you use – i use this recipe without the lemi shine and i am having a problem with a film on my dishes

        this sounds like it will defnitely solve the problem at much less cost

  • reketa says:

    Has anyone had any issues with dishes coming clean with this recipe.



  • julia says:

    Use only 1 tablespoon. Less is more in this recipe!

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