Natural Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

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Natural Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Are you ready to trade your over-priced and chemical-laden commercial dishwasher detergent for something better? Then, try this simple recipe for homemade detergent. It is easy to make with a few simple ingredients. Use citric acid, washing soda, baking soda, sea salt and optional essential oil.

Benefits Of Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent:

  • inexpensive
  • natural ingredients
  • no harsh chemicals
  • does not emit chlorine gas like some commercial detergents
  • effective sanitizer
  • effective stain remover
  • effective water softener
  • environmentally-friendly (phosphate-free)
  • no added scents to irritate allergies

It Works Because:

Washing and baking soda – together form an ideal grease and dirt remover.

Citric acid – is used to soften water and to prevent calcium deposits. It is added for fragrance to eliminate food odors.

Sea Salt – offers effective scouring qualities and will eliminate those tough stains from your dishes. It is a natural disinfectant. It also helps reduces hard water build up.

Citrus essential oil – have a great cleaning as well as antibacterial properties.



1 1/2 cups washing soda

1 1/2 cups citric acid

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup sea salt

25-30 drops of citrus essential oil optional (lemon, orange or grapefruit)


Mix first four ingredients well in an air tight container.

Add essential oil. Mix again.

Use 1 tablespoon detergent for load.

More is not better. If you are having any build up issues use less.

Fill your rinse compartment with undiluted white distilled vinegar, especially if you have water spots.

Homemade powdered dish detergent can be tricky and depending on how hard or soft your water is and the temperature you wash dishes at.

You’ll be saving a lot of money (not to mention your health and the environment) by making your own eco-friendly detergent.


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