Feb 12, 2012

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

 On my quest to try and conserve money I have come across another homemade cleaning product procedure . . . Homemade Dishwasher Detergent!

What to use:

Original Recipe

1 box of Borax
1 box of Washing Soda

3 cups of Epsom Salt

1 container of Lemi Shine

24 packages of lemon flavored drink

What I used

(The container I bought would not hold the whole recipe. Also I wanted to see how well I like the recipe before making a huge batch of it.)

½ of a box of Borax (I found this in the detergent aisle)

½ of a box of Washing Soda (I found this in the detergent aisle)

½ of a container of Lemi Shine (I found this in the dish detergenta aisle)

12 packages of lemon flavored drink

1 ½ cups of Epsom Salt (I found it in this in next the band aids in the first aid aisle)

An airtight container to keep it in.
An airtight container to keep it in.

The Process:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Be careful with the Borax, inhaling the dust can be dangerous. Keep it away from children. Put it all in an airtight container. I added a hook to keep the measuring spoon on the outside of the container so I wouldn't have to fish for it in the soap. Use 1 Tablespoon per load. I have to be honest unloading the dishwasher is one of my least liked chores. I would rather do anything other than unload the dishwasher! I was super excited to unload the dishwasher after using this detergent for the first time. I couldn’t wait to see how it worked. I have only used this mix for 1 load, but I LOVE it! My dishes came out VERY clean and shiny. At this point I am not sure how many loads can be done with the batch I made. After I finish it I will update this post.


  1. Why do you use the Koolaid?

  2. I would not leave it out. The acid in the lemon kind is like the lemon stuff in the commercial stuff. Sorry i didn't explain it better.