Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Have you noticed recently that your dishwasher detergent isn't working quite as well? That would be due to many states outlawing phosphates in cleaning products. This is a good thing but now your dishes aren't getting as clean.

I have tried some of the natural brands but haven't been too impressed with the results.

I recently started using a homemade dishwasher detergent. I was still using the commercial kind and it was leaving all kinds of residue on my dishes. The one I make myself has been awesome! And I feel much better because I really have no idea what chemicals were in the store bought kind.


This recipe only recipe only requires 5 simple ingredients. Every one is necessary in the quantities specified. Believe me, I have tried to make adjustments and it just doesn't work as well. It requires washing soda which can be make by baking the baking soda in a glass dish for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

2 cups washing soda

2 cups borax (20 Mule Team Borax can be purchased at your grocery store)

1 cup kosher salt

1 cup citric acid (can be purchased here or at a brewery)

2-3 TBS white vinegar

Mix all dry ingredients in a container with a lid and shake. Make sure you label it. I even write the recipe on mine so I don't have to look it up every time. Fill the rinse aid with the vinegar.

The citric acid is key in making sure there is no residue on the dishes. I was really amazed at how much cleaner by dishes were.

You will need about 1 TBS per load. Good luck with your organic cleaning journey.

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