Have you ever taken a look at all those mysterious ingredients in your dishwasher detergent? Well, studies show that even after being rinsed, a thin layer of soap residue is left on your dishes after being washed. Who wants to eat off a plate that still has chemicals on it? Not me!
Making dishwasher detergent is the best way to know precisely what ingredients you're putting on your dishes. It's simple to do, easy-to-use, and on average cheaper too!
The internet has provided us with various unique recipes so you can find the perfect one that works for you! If you prefer to know what chemicals are used around your house, give a few of these ideas a try and see which one makes your dishes sparkle more and gives you peace of mind.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
1. Lemony Fresh
When life gives you lemons… Make toxin-free all-natural lemony fresh dishwasher soap!
2. Dishwashing Powder
A lot cheaper than commercially-bought detergent, you can make this simple detergent without breaking your budget!
3. 3-Ingredient Dish Tablets
Only three ingredients to make these effective dish tabs that leave your dishes sparkly and clean.
4. Lemon Thieves
A non-toxic liquid dish soap uses the sweet essences of lemon and thieves oil.
5. Borax-Free Detergent
These (borax-free) tabs will do the job of making your dishes shine! Plus, they're cheap to make!
Only moments of your time and a small amount of effort before you're washing your dishes with your own homemade detergent!
7. Lemon Vinegar
Your dishes will be squeaky clean with this homemade recipe! Lemony fresh.
8. Epsom Salt
Use the cleaning effects of Epson salt to create this hard-working detergent tabs.
9. Label Included
Another variation of a homemade dishwasher detergent that includes a super cute printable label!
10. Sparkly Clean
Want your dishes to shine and sparkle? Here's the recipe for you to try today!
11. Citrus Fresh
Citrus Fresh essential oils will make your dishes glow and smell amazing!
12. Copycat Finish
Not ready to give up your commercial detergent? Here's a copycat that you'll be happy with!
The delicious scent and cleaning power of grapefruit makes this an excellent recipe to try!
14. Soap Nuts
A liquid laundry detergent using the ever-so-talked-about soap nut! Give it a try and see for yourself!
The sweet scent of lavender will breeze over your dishes, and Castille soap will make them clean.
16. Lemon Tabs
Give your dishes that lemony fresh cleanliness with an easy-to-use homemade dishwasher tab.
Did you know you can use lemon Kool-Aid as a dishwasher detergent ingredient? Check it out!
18. Arm & Hammer
You can use Arm and Hammer to create a very active dishwasher detergent with a boost of lemon.
19. Unique Shapes
Put your homemade dishwasher detergent tabs into fun molds and get creative with this craft.
20. Bentonite Clay Desiccant
If you're like me, you might have a lot of bentonite clay around the house from other DIY projects. Let's use it up!
21. Lemon Juice and Castile Soap
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Lemon and Castile soap are two ingredients we've seen in most of these recipes, and there's a reason for that!
22. Dishwasher Powder
Citric acid, baking soda, washing soda, lemon essential oil, these are some of the basic ingredients for this recipe!
23. Kosher Salt
This detergent recipe calls for kosher salt to help scrub away grease and grime off your dishes.
24. Lemon, Orange, Tangerine
Give your dishes all the citrusy freshness they can get with lemon, tangerine, and orange essential oils.
25. And Another
Another useful dishwasher detergent tab recipe that will leave your dishes shining bright and beautiful.
Lemongrass essential oil is what makes these adorable heart-shaped detergent tabs smell so great!
Did you know three simple ingredients are all you need to make a homemade dishwasher detergent? And you probably already have them somewhere in the house!
28. Citrus Fresh Tangerine
A wicked combination of essential oils: Citrus Fresh and Tangerine. Then add some power-cleaning ingredients like Arm & Hammer washing soda, and you've got yourself an excellent detergent!
29. Vegan Lavender Lemon
All-natural vegan dishwasher detergent that smells wonderfully of lavender and lemon. Your dishes will sparkle!
Dishwasher detergent can be unnecessarily expensive, but you don't have to put up with it anymore! Make your own and save some money!
There we have it! 30 powerful cleaning detergents to make your dishes sparkle and shine. Whether you're looking to find an all-natural replacement for your store-bought soap or you're just looking to save a few bucks, there's a recipe here for you!
Give a few different ones a try before you settle down with your new go-to dishwasher detergent.