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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

How to make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I love this recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. It is so simple with only 3 ingredients! The essential oil will provide an additional disinfectant and give it an awesome aroma.  I like to use either a citrus oil or Melaleuca oil for this recipe.  You can pick up essential oils at most health food stores that are fine for this recipe.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:

I love to make my own dishwasher detergent because it all natural and non-toxic.  It is still a product that you need to keep out of children’s hands but it not something you have to be worried about producing toxic chemicals in your home.  This is a great product to clean up for cheap. By making your own you will same money!

UPDATE:  After you have made this recipe if you add a 1/2 cup white vinegar and mix it up you can put it into empty ice cube trays and make dishwasher tablets!

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

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  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 25 drops citrus or Melaleuca essential oil
  • Supplies: Rubber Gloves Measuring Cup, Mixing Bowl, 32 oz lidded plastic container


  • Put on gloves. Add washing soda, borax, and oil to bowl, stirring with your hands to mix and eliminate clumps. Transfer powder to plastic container. Use 2 Tbsp detergent per wash.
Author: Melissa@StockpilingMoms


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    1. You can purchase oils to use in cleaners at health food stores or many grocery stores. You can also purchase online.

  1. If you add a little vinegar (1/2 c., for example) and mix it up, you can put it into ice cube trays and make dishwasher tablets! :O)

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