Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

First of all, I always make sure that there is vinegar in the rinse agent hole. It seems that the best detergent is simply equal amounts of washing soda and borax. You use 2 tablespoons. I will experiment using 1 tablespoon.

Also, you put the detergent into one of the other holes. Some say not to put it into the hole that locks closed.



7 thoughts on “Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  1. Glad to see that you are back. I have begun using the “green bags” and they do seem to make produce last longer without spoiling. Be careful about reusing the water bottles, there has been a lot of information lately that after one use they begin to deteriorate and release harmful chemicals. I also recently started using the cloth bags for purchases and I am still remembering to take them along. I have a compost heap that I used sparingly last year, but will utilize this year. You can also compost your table scraps with worms, haven’t tried that one yet. I also plan to start recycling cans, glass, etc. For your canning experiences there are some wonderful books called: Stocking Up that are great for more natural ways to can, freeze, preserve, root cellar, etc. We should all do what we can for the environment.


  2. Here in Oz (Australia) I can go to Bunnings (Home Depot) and buy Bokashi. In the US you may have to mail order the stuff, but Bokashi allows one to compost just about everything… meat and veg with no odors right in the kitchen. Makes nice compost!
    I feed the worms, the worms feed the soil, the soil feeds the plants and the plants feed me!

  3. wow, i know i’m late to this party, but i just found this blog.

    do you know of any way to make this NOT using borax? it’s a poison and i’d really prefer not to use it, but EVERY recipe for dish detergent (for the dishwasher at least) calls for it.

    1. I have no idea how to make this without borax. If anyone knows, could you please post the information here. I do know that regular dishwasher detergent is not good for you either, so I’m not really sure what the answer is.

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