DIY Dishwasher Detergent {55/365}

{Dishwasher Detergent}

Back in November, we finally bought a dishwasher for our home.  I had been dishwasher-less for about 8 months and I was thrilled to have one again! It was then that I began making my own dishwasher detergent because a friend gave me the recipe.  I had tried another recipe years before that was a gel detergent, and it did not work at all.  My dishes were cloudy and sometimes greasy. 

I have used this detergent for 5 months now and have been completely happy with it!  It works awesome every time.  I especially love it because not only is it cheap, it doesn't have sulfates or other harsh chemicals.  Now, some of you may think, "But I have an old dishwasher...will it still work?"  Don't worry, my dishwasher is old, basic and nothing special.  You know how I mentioned we bought a dishwasher????  It was $15 at a yard sale!  So if it works in mine, it will probably work in yours.

Dishwasher Detergent Powder
1 cup Salt
2 cups Borax*
2 cups Baking Soda

1)  Mix well.
2)  Use 1tbsp. in each compartment of your dishwasher. 
3)  Add white vinegar to your "rinse-aid" compartment.  This works wonders and will ensure your dishes are always sparkling! 

*You can find Borax in the cleaning section at Walmart and many other places.  The name on the box is "Mule-Team Borax."

Do you make homemade cleaners?  If you do, I would love to check out your recipes!


  1. I definitely do that! Laundry soap too...

  2. what kind of recipes did you get? always interested in being more "green" and fugal.

  3. Shannon, one facebook commenter is going to share their laundry soap so I'll share that hopefully when they send it. I'll have to put my laundry soap recipe up soon as well.

  4. I made this (without the pink lemonade) and it's working great! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Do you use regular baking soda. I assume yes, and not baking soda detergent since you use borax.

  6. Does the salt corrode the metal parts in your dishwasher? I know that is the reason cars get rusty - salt eats metal. Just wondered how it is all holding up.

  7. This is leaving a bad film all over My dishes. I have tried rinsing twice an using extra vinegar. I have a fairly new dishwasher. Suggestions?


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