Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Say Goodbye to Buying Dishwasher Detergent

I have always struggles on getting my dishes sparkling clean thru the dishwasher. Either my glasses had a film residue or my plastics looked white. I can't say how many times my husband has complained about dirty silverware. There is just some detergents on the market that makes my dishes look embarrassing to eat or drink from. I have never had any store bought detergent that made my glasses sparkle. 
It never really dawned on me the reason why any of the store bought detergents were not working. Then one day it hit me. Where I live we have hard water. Most dishwasher detergents are not designed for hard water. So I searched and searched on the internet and I came across how to make homemade dishwasher detergent. I thought I would try it before I spent another dime on a store bought detergent and boy am I happy I did. My glasses now sparkle, the plastics look clean and my silverware is clean. All for just pennies a load. Here's how I made my homemade dishwasher detergent:

2 cups Borax
2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
2/3 cup Citric Acid
White Vinegar

Mix the Borax, Washing Detergent, and Citric Acid together in a bowl and cover

 I would leave the bowl on the counter for several days and stir the mixture one time a day. The mixture will harden if not stirred.
After that you can place your new cleaner in a cute container and you should not have to stir it anymore.

In the dishwasher rinse agent place the white vinegar.
Place 2 tablespoons of dishwasher detergent in the detergent compartment and 1 tablespoon in the prewash.  That's it. All you have to do now is wait for the dishwasher to do its job.

Since I am so proud on how this cleaner works, I wanted to show you the before and after pictures of my dishes. Yes I am about to show you how dirty my dishes can be after chicken taco soup night.

Before Washing

After Washing

Please note that you might need to fine tune the recipe to work with your water. I also found the Citric Acid at Wal-Mart in the canning section or you can order it off of Amazon. Mine was made by Ball. 

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  1. New follower from At Home, Take 2 blog hop. You are very crafty!!

  2. I never thought about it either until I got on a saving kick. You can actually make your own Dish Soap to. That is my goal in the several weeks, so stay tuned. Hopefully it will turn out:)

  3. Wow, what a great idea! It would save so much money! Thank you so much sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share, and your newest follower. :)

  4. I think I have everything but the citric acid on hand! After trying a homemade laminate floor cleaner that worked 100% better than the $8.xx chemical product I am on the hunt for more products I can make myself! I'd love it if you shared this and/ or any other post at my party going on now! http://www.kathewithane.com

  5. Thanks for sharing this at the party this week! I am featuring this post on my Facebook page too :-)