Survival Tips for One-Income Households

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

on March 7, 2012

Results are amazing… So using pretty much the same ingredients as my DIY Laundry Detergent omitting the bar of soap and adding dish soap and True Lemon.   You can find True Lemon packets at Walmart near the Kool Aid.  You can also substitute Lemon Kool Aid (no sugar added is crucial).   The original recipe called for Kosher salt too, but I didn’t have any… I suppose you could try that as well in the mix to see if it helps with hard water issues.  I also put straight white vinegar in my rinse compartment or splash it on the bottom of the dishwasher before I start the load.

Here is my recipe and you can see for yourselves the results.

1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer SUPER WASHING SODA (not to be confused with baking soda)
3 drops (NO MORE) of your favorite dish soap
2 Tablespoons of True Lemon


and of course fill your rinse compartment up  with white vinegar.

Here are the before pictures…  ewww gross don’t judge me… they are WAY dirty going in to prove how well it works.


Here are the AMAZING RESULTS!!!


So, you tell me… Does this work?  I am still on my first batch and this has been such an awesome money saver to me.  I am so thankful I joined the Green World!


3 responses to “DIY Dishwasher Detergent

  1. […] is how you use it… Scrub the dishes, load the dishes, put the Homemade Dishwasher Soap in the dispenser, scrub the sink and all the way around it, then throw it right into the dishwasher […]

  2. […] has been something bothering me for some time.  I had great results with my DIY Dishwasher Detergent, but after using this for 2 full batches, my dishes started getting this HORRIBLE residue all over […]

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