Switching to homemade dishwasher detergent is a huge money saver. It's also amazingly easy and quick to do. I don't know why more people don't make the switch.
Commercial detergents often contain harsh chemicals that leach toxins into our water. These recipes contain baking soda and borax, which are both natural disinfectants and gentle abrasives, perfect for scouring away stuck on food and germs without poisoning you or the environment.
The two homemade detergent recipes here are formulated for use in automatic dishwashers. Click on the link for homemade dish soap for handwashing in the sink.
Deceptively simple, this homemade dishwasher soap cleans without toxic chemicals. It works best if you rinse heavily soiled dishes first.
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax
20 drops Lemon OR Clove essential oil (or use 10 drops of each)
Note: This recipe worked great when I lived on city water, not so great when I moved to the country where the water is really hard. I recommend using the liquid dishwasher detergent recipe below if your water is hard.
I also definitely recommend using vinegar in the rinse cycle (see below) even if your water is good.
This recipe is kind of cheating because you still use store-bought dishwasher detergent, but it's better than expensive, toxic name brands. Look for phosphate free detergent for a more earth friendly option.
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup boiling Water
1 cup store-bought liquid dishwasher soap
10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Orange essential oil
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Try these other recipes for easy homemade cleaners... and clean the rest of your home with inexpensive, healthy cleaners too.