Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I run my dishwasher almost daily and buying dishwasher detergent just eats away at budget even with coupons. So when I came across the recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent, I just had to try it. I have been using it for about 8 months and have converted my mother to use it also. It is simple to mix, store, and use.


Homemade Dishwasher detergent ingredients and soap in a jar


Homemade Diswasher detergent


  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 8 packages of Lemon Kool-Aid (the generic brand works just fine)

homemade dishwasher detergent in a mason jar

Mix all the ingredient together and store in a container of your choice. I use a plastic Gladware container.

Use 1 TBSP per load. (To make measuring easy – I use a medicine cup that came with my kids cough medicine.)

Tip: Write the recipe on the container along with the amount to use per load. This will ensure you always know what to use.

Tip:For a rinse aid use plain vinegar in the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher.

homemade dishwasher detergent in a mason jar labeled with ingredients


Create homemade dishwasher detergent and keep your dishes clean for pennies on the dollar. It works great even on my toughest dirty dishes. Shhh don’t tell anybody but we never pre-rinse. I figure I have an expensive machine that is supposed to clean my dishes, I am not going to rinse them before the machine washes them.


  1. Meloni says

    Cant wait to try this!! Got a question tho…is the koolaid just for the scent? Or does it do something? I really hate lemon scent. Sounds WIERD but I kinda like the bleachy smell that comes from my dishwasher when it’s running, makes me feel like they are really clean. Bleach is bad, I know, I just like the “clean” smell.

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