I have been tinkering with the idea of using a homemade dishwasher soap recipe for a while. I really love the money I have saved using my homemade laundry detergent powder and it cleans super well.
I did some searching online and found a collection of recipes and concoctions for making dishwashing soap at home. I pulled together what I think will work best and I am very pleased with the results.
This recipe makes enough to do 216 loads of dishes in an automatic dishwasher.
(I am going to share Amazon links blow so you can see what the items looks like. The prices are typically better for these items at stores like Walmart of Target. I did order my citric acid online from Amazon and it was delivered in a day!)
- 4 c Borax
- 4 c Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 2 c Citric Acid
- 2 c Salt (I used Kosher Salt)
- 10 drops of Purify essential oil
You will also want to use a food processor, a large bowl, a large container for storing your detergent in and a 1 tablespoon scooper.
The citric acid came in a plastic bag. Since it is 5 lbs and I only need 2 cups this time around, I used a large airtight container to store the leftover in. I should be able to get 22 batches of this recipe using this container of citric acid.
Take all of the ingredients and place them in a large bowl.
Mix by hand (or with a large spoon) to ensure all ingredients are all combine.
Doing one batch at a time, add the powder mixture to your food processor being sure not to overfill. Use the chopping attachment also known as the multipurpose blade.
I like to run it on high and just let is mix the powders together well and work out any clumps.
When it is done in the food processor, dump it into the container you will be storing the detergent in.
Repeat until all of the detergent is run through the food processor.
Add a 1 TBS scooper to the container. Pop a lid on it and you’re done.
Like I said, this made enough to do 216 loads of dishes when using 1 TBS per load. If you have a super duty load, feel free to use up to 2 TBS of detergent.
Super easy and very thrifty. This costs $0.05 per load when using 1 TBS!
How to Store
Store it in an air-tight container! This is key to prevent it from hardening.
Also, to prevent hardening of the detergent, I recommend adding a Silica Gel Packet. It is one of those little packs you get in a shoe box. If you have a free one hanging around in a shoe box, score! Otherwise, you can grab them very affordability on Amazon.