Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

i've been using homemade dishwasher detergent since before the homemade laundry detergent. 

{mainly because i ran out of it first.} 
it works great!

i use the liquid detergent, but i'll give you the powder recipe too.

you're gonna flip out when you find out how easy this is!
grab a pen and a piece of paper. ok, ready?

if you made the homemade laundry detergent, then you already have the ingredients for this!


Powder Dishwasher Detergent
mix together:

  1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda OR Baking Soda 
1 cup Borax
store in plastic container. use about 2 Tbsp per load.

Liquid Dishwasher Detergent:
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup water
1 drop lemon or orange essential oil per cup of detergent
mix thoroughly. {you'll need to mix it each time before you use it. ~it's a small price to pay considering how much money you save!} use 2-3 Tbsp per load.

fill the rinse compartment with vinegar and 2-3 drops of essential oil and you'll have sparkling clean dishes :)
i haven't figured the cost/savings, but if you do, leave a comment and let us know!


  1. what made you choose liquid over powder?
    I am excited to make this when I run out of what I have :)

  2. i chose liquid because that's what i was buying and i preferred it. i've never tried powder though- even store bought.

  3. where do you buy the essential oils? i'm so excited to try this!

  4. you can buy essential oils at health food stores- i bought lemon essential oil here in my little bitty town!

  5. I have heard that liquid is better for the aquifer. Some states have banned the use of powder. Way to be environmentally sound! What a fun idea! Great job!