June 14, 2012


Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Soap

I am all for frugal and green living.  I am also an advocate for making things as easy as possible.  ;)

I exclusively make and use my own laundry soap because it is frugal, green, and super easy!

I use cloth diapers, but will gladly put on a cheap disposable when taking the babe to nursery at church (so those precious girls don't have to be concerned about "what in the world to do with it" or have to resort to interrupting our 5th - 8th grade class).

I also admit that I still use paper towels rather than a dish cloth that has to be washed frequently, though I do expect that one day I will evolve in this area. (Update 6/2013: I have now transitioned to about half and half.)  ;)
So intro the use of homemade automatic dishwasher soap.  It has all three things that are important to me that I listed earlier:
  1. It is extremely frugal.
  2. Is very good for the environment.
  3. Is super-DE-duper easy.  
Success.  True story.

Directions --
  • 1 part Borax + 1 part Baking Soda + 1/2 part Citric Acid I have been using lemon juice and it's worked famously.
  • 2 Tbsp. per load 1 Tbsp in the "pre-wash" compartment and 1 Tbsp in the regular soap area.
  • Distilled White Vinegar can be used in the "Jet Dry" compartment as the rinsing agent.
  • I keep it in the fridge.  Not really for a specific reason.  Maybe for the lemon juice and/or freshness.  It just seemed like a grand idea and now it's habit.  ;)

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14 comments:

  1. I have had the worst luck with powder detergent, whether homemade or store bought.

    Do you happen to know why? lol

    I would love to be able to make it myself!

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    1. Hey Angell! :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Are your dishes not coming out clean? Or is a filmy residue the issue? I know my dishwasher isn't one of newer, high powered thingies. So I am sure to quickly rinse off any food particles right away first, before they get stuck on. Concerning soap residue not rinsing away, try either distilled white vinegar or you could go main stream with Jet Dry as a rinsing agent. As long as I do those things my dishes have been coming clean, smelling nicely and sparkly. :)

      I'd really like to be one of those moms that doesn't mind taking the additional time after "quickly rinsing" dishes off to just go ahead and wash them as well, and be done with it! But I'm not. At least not yet. A quick rinse & tossing them in the machine is sometimes all the time and effort I have to put in. HAHA

      With love,
      Rebecca

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  2. So fun to see a recipe that has actually worked for you! I may have to give it a try. I do laundry soap but haven't tried dishwasher detergent yet. Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Thursday, hope to see you again!

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    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by, Jenn! Please let me know how it goes if you try it out. :)

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  3. I'll have to try this one- I use a similar one (with the addition of a grated bar of soap) in the laundry - and essential oil for the lemon :) just wanted you to know about our link up on Tuesdays- it's Kids in the Kitchen (no kids required but we do like them) we are working to encourage families back to the table - we also encourage healthy recipes but don't require them to be whole food or health food. Just wanted to let you know in case it matches up with anything else you have going on!

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    1. Kelli, that sounds like the recipe I use for the laundry too! :)

      Thanks! I'll have to check it out! :)

      -Rebecca

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  4. Awesome! I am in love. Can't wait to try it. I am always forgetting to buy it at the store and I just ran out. I am stopping by from EOA link up. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha, Thanks! And thanks for stopping by! :) Yesterday I went to run a load forgetting that I had run out of this recipe the day before... It took less than 2 minutes, and I was adding it to the dishwasher! Hope it works for you as well. Feel free to tweak recipe and vinegar to your washer and/or water's needs.

      With love,
      Rebecca

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  5. Trying this out today!!! Do you use the lemon juice instead of the citric acid or along with the acid?
    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Jennie

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    1. Hey Jennie!! :) Great! I hope it works well for you as well. Like I shared with another friend above, feel free to tweak the recipe and vinegar to your washer and/or water's needs. Concerning the citric acid, I'm sure that the powdered citric acid would probably work better than the alternation of lemon juice, but when I first made it I didn't have any and did not have time to run to the store (30 minutes away). So I opted for the lemon juice substitute. And it has worked so well for me that I never did pick up any citric acid! Haha Let me know how yours turns out! :)

      With love,
      Rebecca

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  6. you were among the top 3 most viewed linkups from last week on my blog.
    you will be featured tomorrow!! Come by and grab my feature button!

    Thanks for linking up with me!

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    1. Wow! That's awesome, Angell. And thank you! :)

      -Rebecca

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  7. I make my own dishwasher detergent, too, but use washing soda instead of baking soda. My first batch was very lumpy & stuck together, making it hard as a rock. Now I keep it in the fridge, and it doesn't stick together!

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    1. That's great, Kyle! I might try that variation sometime soon to see what the difference might be. Thanks! :)

      With love,
      Rebecca

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