DIY Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

by R D

Worried about the chemicals in your dishwasher detergent? Looking for a more eco-friendly alternative? We make our own dishwasher detergent, and although you may want to tweak your recipe a bit based on hard/soft water, here is the basic idea scaled down to a test batch (double if you like it!):


1/2 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1/4 cup Citric Acid

2 Tbsp Salt (optional)


2 Tbsp Vinegar added to rinse compartment


Just like the Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent, we reuse a spaghetti jar to shake it all together and store it. We previously used a dishwasher detergent recipe that also called for castile soap flakes. It isn't necessary though, and actually seemed to leave a bit of a film on the dishes...we had to mix some Seventh Generation in with it. This recipe fixed that problem! If your water happens to be too hard/soft for this one though, I would suggest adjusting the salt or adding the vinegar to the rinse compartment. The vinegar rinse will almost certainly take care of it! If you are looking for ingredients, the borax is usually very easy to find in the laundry aisle at your local grocery store. The citric acid, however, was not as easy. Maybe it's my location? Either way, we are going to list these ingredients in our products section to make it easier for you to get everything in one place.  

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