Homemade Dishwasher Detergent without Borax!

Dear Mary: I’m hoping you have a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent. Thanks in advance.

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  • I have also made the home made dishwashing detergent but in stead of citric acid use one cup of calgon powder found in the laundry department , dishes are shiney clean ,with a great sparkle and we have very hard water this is why we use the calgon I add a cup to my home made laundry detergent too!!! I love all your Ideals and for me it is not the money but putting all the plastic containers in the land fill

    I’m new to this money-saving, make-your-own-cleaning supplies thing but I’m really enjoying the journey so far. I’ve seen this homemade dishwasher detergent recipe in a few places. Some use salt and some don’t. Do you know the purpose of adding salt to the recipe? What does it accomplish? Thanks!

  • I tried another DIY recipe for dishwasher detergent. It left an awful residue on my dishes and did not even clean them well. So I came across your recipe. I tried it (putting more citric acid than you do and also putting some extra citric acid in the dishwasher itself). I cleaned the d.w. with just citric acid to make sure there was nothing in the d.w. itself, then cleaned a load of dishes with your detergent. It did a better job at cleaning my dishes, but still left a bit of a residue. Guess I’m still on the look out for a d.w. detergent.

    Talking about natural stuff, I see that Borax is one of the ingredients in the dishwashing detergent. How safe is this product? If it kills rodents and cockroaches and is harmful to pets, doesn’t that make it a pesticide? Is it then safe to be used in and around the kitchen? I am worried about its harmful effects and will appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks!


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    Dishwash Sanitizing Tablet
    $47.15

    Liquid Clean & Green Dishwashing detergent 4x1 Gallon
    $54.40

    Joy Liquid Dishwashing Detergent 25x14
    $57.20


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    I use all homemade cleaners that I make myself, including making my own castile soap for laundry and bathing. I have been using the recipe for about 3 months. After 3 months the dishwasher door, the utensil bins on the door and the dishwasher detergent compartment and the heating element at the bottom is crusted. It’s a hard white crusty mess. I finally got sick of the look or it and tried to wash it off. I actually had to get an old butter knife and chip away at it. I spent 15 minutes of it. I got most of it off. How do I prevent this from happening?
    I also have a tip. Instead of using vinegar for my rinse aid I use Lemon Juice. I live and florida and we have heavey limestone in the water which leaves a white film on everything. Lemon juice neutralizes the limestone.
    Can anyone help me figure out why I am getting this crust? I am using the recipe as stated. Thank you!

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You are a total live saver! I ran out of dishwasher detergent today, and thanks to plumbing emergency am too broke to go buy more. I did a Google search for DIY detergent based on the ingredients I had on hand. Your post was the first to pop up. I’m going to have to sub the Lemishine with plain citric acid as that’s also what I have on hand.