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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Powder

An easy nontoxic switch for your home is this four-ingredient dishwasher detergent powder. If you already own baking soda and salt, then you've already got half the ingredients for this recipe! Natural Dishwasher Detergent | DIY Dishwasher Detergent | Homemade Dishwasher Detergent | Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax

Making homemade dishwasher detergent has come with a lot of trial and error. I experimented months ago, and kind of gave up. But then I realized we were down to our last few store-bought tabs and I didn’t want to go buy anymore after I used those up.‚Äč

So here we are with this one-minute powder!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup washing soda
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and mix together.
  2. Store in a cool, dry place.
  3. Fill dishwasher compartment (about 2 tablespoons) with powder and make sure that it is dry before placing your powder as the citric acid will react to water.
  4. Run dishwasher as normal!
An easy nontoxic switch for your home is this four-ingredient dishwasher detergent powder. If you already own baking soda and salt, then you've already got half the ingredients for this recipe! Natural Dishwasher Detergent | DIY Dishwasher Detergent | Homemade Dishwasher Detergent | Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax

Reason #438 why I love garage sales. I got the CUTEST green jar for a dollar that is perfect for my homemade dishwashing detergent. And it comes with a teeny spoon! I love it.

An easy nontoxic switch for your home is this four-ingredient dishwasher detergent powder. If you already own baking soda and salt, then you've already got half the ingredients for this recipe! Natural Dishwasher Detergent | DIY Dishwasher Detergent | Homemade Dishwasher Detergent | Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax

Before settling on this recipe, I tried a couple of homemade recipes to see what might work best. While they left my dishes clean, they ended up with an unwanted residue.

An easy nontoxic switch for your home is this four-ingredient dishwasher detergent powder. If you already own baking soda and salt, then you've already got half the ingredients for this recipe! Natural Dishwasher Detergent | DIY Dishwasher Detergent | Homemade Dishwasher Detergent | Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax

Plus, I wanted something simple. A number of the other recipes I tried contained a lot of ingredients. The one I’ve settled on uses just four. Also, unlike homemade tablets, this recipe doesn’t have to sit out and dry before you can use it. I whipped this up and used it on a load of dirty dishes within minutes.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy natural alternative!

Here are some other homemade products that use citric acid, baking soda, and/or super washing soda:

5-Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

2-Ingredient Dry Shampoo

Peppermint Bath Bomb