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Learn how to make your own dishwasher detergent cubes with this easy step-by-step tutorial.

We decided to carry these savings into our dish washing by making dishwasher detergent.

We have been making our own laundry detergent and it’s saving us money.

This DIY Dishwasher Detergent is budget-friendly and gets dishes sparkling clean.

It takes about 5 minutes to whip up, so it really couldn’t be easier.

It cost me $1.23 for 12 cubes of detergent….roughly ten cents apiece.

I recently paid $5 for a pack of 20 dishwasher pods (about 25 cents each).

If you prefer powder, check out Back In the Book Nutrition for her Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe!

Please note: Do NOT use in dishwashers with stainless steel interiors.

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Citric Acid is optional in this recipe, however, consider this versatile cleaner boosts dishwasher detergent to help get rid of stuck-on food, suspends hard water deposits to keep them off your dishes, and assists in smooth rinsing at the end of the cycle. Here are other great uses for Citic Acid around your home.

Food-grade citric acid can be found in the area of your grocery store where canning goods are sold.

Washing Soda (not baking soda) is a powerful cleaner that raises the cleaning pH to help break down food and grease and soften the water to reduce spots, leaving your glasses and silverware as it was meant to be seen!

Arm and Hammer washing soda can also be found in the laundry aisle

Epsom Salt: Got hard water? That can leave behind spots on clean dishes. Adding epsom salt softens water and keeps glassware clear.

Borax is a natural disinfectant and mild abrasives—just what you need to blast away stuck-on food and germs. In fact, you may be interested in learning that borax is a common ingredient in many commercial detergents. Borax sells under the name 20 Mule Team and can be found in the laundry aisle at your grocery store or big box store.

 

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Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Cubes Ingredients:

1 cup Borax

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)

1/4 c. Epsom Salt

1 tsp. citric acid (optional)

4-6 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Ice Cube Trays

This DIY Dishwasher Detergent is budget-friendly and gets dishes sparkling clean.

Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Cubes Directions:

Mix the Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Epsom Salt, and citric acid together.

This is important so make sure it is mixed well.

Add lemon juice.

The mixture will fizz. That’s okay. Just keep it in mind and add the lemon juice slowly.

The mixture will fizz. That’s okay. Just keep it in mind and add the lemon juice slowly.

You’ll want to add between 4-6 Tablespoons of lemon juice to make the powder “sticky”…it won’t be runny when it’s done.

Once you have a “sticky” substance, spoon one tablespoon of the mixture into an ice cube tray.

Continue until all cubed slots are filled on the tray.

Set aside and let dry for 6-8 hours.

Pop-out of tray and place in a container or zip-lock bag to store.

Drop one cube of the detergent into the bottom of your dishwasher and run on the cycle of your choice.

Dishes will come out sparkling!

Learn how to make your own dishwasher detergent cubes with this easy step-by-step tutorial.

You’ll Love these Benefits of Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Cubes:

Inexpensive

You know the ingredients, so there’s no need for decoding the label

No harsh chemicals

Effective sanitizer

Effective stain remover

Effective water softener

Environmentally friendly (phosphate-free)

No added scents to irritate allergies

Check out my other DIY recipes:

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Shout Stain Remover

Homemade Fabric Softener

Homemade Essential Oil Playdough

 

 

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How to Make Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours 6 seconds
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds

This DIY Dishwasher Detergent is budget-friendly and gets dishes sparkling clean. The best part is it takes just minutes to wrap up this all-natural dishwasher detergent cubes recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
  • 1/4 c. Epsom Salt
  • 1 tsp. citric acid (optional)
  • 4-6 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Ice Cube Trays

Notes

Mix the Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Epsom Salt, and citric acid together.

This is important so make sure it is mixed well.

Add lemon juice.

The mixture will fizz. That’s okay. Just keep it in mind and add the lemon juice slowly.

You’ll want to add between 4-6 Tablespoons of lemon juice to make the powder “sticky”…it won’t be runny when it’s done.

Once you have a “sticky” substance, spoon one tablespoon of the mixture into an ice cube tray.

Continue until all cubed slots are filled on the tray.

Set aside and let dry for 6-8 hours.

Pop-out of tray and place in a container or zip-lock bag to store.

Drop one cube of the detergent into the bottom of your dishwasher and run on the cycle of your choice.

Dishes will come out sparkling!

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Sam Monaco

Friday 16th of January 2015

Very interesting, I've pinned this and will give it a try Thanks :)

Julee

Friday 16th of January 2015

Let me know how it turns out!

Kimberly

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Love this recipe! Unfortunatly 1/2 my dishes came out with a thin layer of film. Suggestions to fix the problem?

Julee

Thursday 20th of March 2014

Eek! So? There are a couple of different options. 1.) Try doubling your citric acid in your recipe. 2.) Add vinegar to your rinse aid compartment in your dishwasher. You can also just splash some vinegar in the dishwasher before you start it, or put some vinegar in a small dish or lid on the top rack before running the cycle. 3.) If you are using anything made of/containing aluminum (pots, pans, bakeware) don't add those to the dishwasher. 4.) Try using half of the dishwasher cube. 5.) Try different heat settings on your dishwasher.

I hope one of these options work for you. It's a great recipe. I have made it over and over and we love it.

Abbey

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

I am curious why epsom salt? What's the purpose of it?

Julee

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

Epsom salt has disinfectant properties, works as a water softener and is an effective cleaner...plus I use the lavender scented so my house smells amazing while the dishwasher runs!

Victoria

Saturday 11th of January 2014

What is the difference between washing soda and baking soda? I noticed a few DIY recipes that specify this. Just curious as to why...

Julee

Saturday 11th of January 2014

A definition from Dr. Dan Berger (Faculty- Chemistry/Science dept. at Bluffton College) gives a bit of understanding regarding the primary difference between Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate) and Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate).

“. . . washing soda will consume two equivalents of acid, while baking soda will only consume one equivalent.”

Briana

Sunday 5th of January 2014

In the bottom of the dishwasher and not the soap dispensing area in the dishwasher door??

Julee

Sunday 5th of January 2014

@Briana: Yep...I just chuck it in there as I am closing the door! If it fits, you can put it in the dispensing area in the dishwasher door ;)

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