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Homemade dish soap


I love to find ways to save money. It is so easy to make your own homemade dish soap. Whenever I make something I make sure to place the instructions on the front.

 Homemade dish soap

Then I place the ingredients on the bottom to make sure I can replicate my mixture again. I grabbed this recipe from The Happy Lil Homemaker.

It is just 4 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of borax. Then to insure the residue doesn’t stick you place 1/2 cup of vinegar in the rinse area for every load you run.


I figured out to double the recipe you need the entire box of baking soda and a smaller box of the baking soda. Then just pour in the entire box of borax. I always make double it is easier. I also bought the 4 containers for $6.41 and I intend to fill them with more homemade products.

homemade dish soap


You can also see another version of homemade dish soap. I think you will find that these work better than what you are using. They are easy to make. I know my children love to mix them up. It is also nice to know what is touching the dishes that you put your mouth on.

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  1. Christina says

    I use vinegar in my “rinse aid” instead of jet dry and it does the same job. Dishes come out clean and spot free. Will have to try this out.

  2. Jason Ebeling says

    I just went to a class on Green Cleaning. How to make your own, The lady went to college to study plant bio. In the mean time she learned how to make home made cleaning supplies. She has been making them for 10 years. We were talking about dishwasher soap. She don’t use borax because they use it in Ant poision. She had a good point so we just left out the borax. It does work.
    Hope this helps you all.

    • Anna C. says

      I was debating that with someone recently. I actually have used a similar recipe to this one except baking powder and not soda. But Jason, with this recipe you did not replace Borax with anything in the “Green Cleaning- lady- studied plant bio’s recipe” just do Baking Soda and Vinegar? THX!!

  3. says

    I’ve never seen this done before. I don’t have a dishwasher (or a sink but that’s another story…), but I repinned it anyway so other people can share! Thanks!

  4. Andrea says

    My cousin has been making her own laundry detergent for a year or two…..I really need to start doing it myself! Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    So, here’s the thing with the borax, if it is rinsing completely off of your dishes, there is no problem. If there is a residue and you eat off of those dishes, you will have some…digestive issues, but you won’t be poisoned to death. I used the borax mix, but I couldn’t get it to rinse completely off even with Lemishine, so I just use the baking soda and vinegar. It works, but you have to wipe your dishes clean first. You can’t just plop them in the dishwasher with peanut butter and egg and cheese and what not on them.

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