Monday, July 25, 2011

Recipe: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I got this recipe from my friend and domestic goddess Erin over at Our Pandemonium Paradise

It is super easy to make and it worked like a charm.  I included links to the ingredients online so you can see what they look like.  Both borax and washing soda are easily found in most grocery and home improvement stores.  I have also read that you can exchange the washing soda with baking soda, which would make this even cheaper to make. 

Dishwasher Detergent

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
White vinegar

  • Mix together the borax and washing soda and store in a plastic container with a lid.  I used an old dishwasher capsules container: 
  • When ready to use, put 2 tablespoons of mix into the detergent spot in your dishwasher.  
  • Pour white vinegar into the rinsing agent spot.  The vinegar helps to prevent residue and spotting.
  • Run dishwasher.


  1. Thank you for calling me a domestic goddess. I won't lie, I smiled at that. :) For some reason, the dishwasher detergent has stopped working for us...I know Reno has some CRAZY water, so I'm going to tweak the amounts a bit and see if that helps. Woo! And yeah for cheap detergent!

  2. where is the rinsing spot in the dishwasher. I have a container that encourages you to use two helpings of dw detergent, but I don't have a rinsing spot that I am aware of. . .

  3. Annie - In our dishwasher, it is right next to where we put the detergent. It has a little circle cap that twists off. It also shows how full it is (you shouldn't have to refill it for every wash). I hope this helps but probably not so much unless you happen to have the same dishwasher as us. :)

    Oh, and I read your "About Me" and just wanted to say that I'm an alto too! Have you heard the song "Alto's Lament?" I posted a video of someone performing it.

  4. Replies
    1. I fill up the "rinsing agent" spot...probably a tablespoon or two?

  5. This is very effective recipe to make homemade laundry detergent. Thanks for sharing.