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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

In my effort to cut costs everywhere I can, and to be as all natural as possible on our families budget, I decided to stop buying store bought dish detergent and see if I could replicate it for minimal cost and still get great results. This at home, all natural version is only 3 ingredients, which I keep on hand and only takes a few minutes to whip up. Using equal parts of the two main ingredients, I can make as much or as little as I need. My favorite part, each load only costs pennies! My dishes even seem to be cleaner than when I previously used a store bought detergent. A cheap way to achieve sparkling results? Yes, please!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

4 Sons 'R' Us: Homemade Dish Detergent

  • borax
  • washing soda
  • lemon flavored kool aid packet (optional)


  1. Mix equal parts borax and washing soda together. Make sure it’s equal parts.
  2. If using, add in kool aid packet.
  3. Stir until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  4. Transfer detergent into a storage container.
  5. Use 2 tbsp per load.

The kool aid packet is just for scent purposes, and without it the detergent will still clean just as well.

I couldn’t ask for, and haven’t found, an easier all-natural recipe for dish detergent and for only pennies per load!

*For best results, rinse dishes thoroughly before loading them into the dishwasher. This isn’t an issue for me since my husband is a stickler about rinsing dishes pre-wash. Also, to avoid an streaks try using a rinse aid. If needed, I use plain white distilled vinegar as an all natural rinse aid.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Homemade Dish Detergent


About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

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