Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

This one is so easy, I almost feel silly creating a whole post for this simple little recipe. I use it whenever I use my dishwasher and love the simplicity of it. I hope you feel the same!

You will need:
3 cups washing soda (can be purchased in the laundry aisle at most supermarkets)
1 cup baking soda
A large container to store finished product
1 Tbsp measure to keep in the container for easy measuring

That's it! (smile)

To make:
Combine washing soda and baking soda in a large container. Break up any clumps. Done!

I make double batches of this and it lasts me for a few months, and I use 2 tbsp. per load.


  1. I wonder if the washing soda is absolutely necessary. Like, I wash dishes in the sink before I put them into the dishwasher. I mean I scrub all the food off of them, then let the dishwasher sanitize. Surely just baking soda would be enough for that, or would it?

  2. That's a good question. Washing soda is in the same family as baking soda, and is used to cut grease and grime. If you're washing your dishes really well before they go into the dishwasher then its possible that you don't need the heavier strength of washing soda, and can, in fact, get away with just using baking soda. I wonder if the baking soda alone would leave a residue on your dishes, though? If you try it, come back and let us know! (I won't bother because I know it won't work for me- I essentially put my dishes into the dishwasher with half of dinner still on them.)

  3. I am thinking that if you wash your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, you probably don't need anything in there. The heat from the wash and if you have a "dry" setting, should sanitize. Great blog, btw, Emily!

    1. Sounds reasonable to me. And thanks, Marita!

  4. Trying it right now! I hope it will work, its so simple!

  5. Thanks for this awesome trick! Im looking for homemade diswasher detergent for months, without Borax or Citric acid... Im so happy now!

  6. Thanks so much for the post. Going to try it right now!

  7. Just wondering: all that baking soda going into the septic system: will it ruin the field? Is it good for the soil?

  8. How well will this work with well water? My water has a higher iron content.



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