Day 17: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

dishwasher detergent
Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!

Day 17: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

dishwasher detergentI found this great homemade dishwasher detergent recipe from Young House Love. I had most of the ingredients on hand anyway (since I had bought Borax for making my own Laundry Detergent).


You will need:

  • 2 c. borax
  • 2 c. baking soda
  • 4 little packages of unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid (or generic)

Mix together and store. You can substitute ½ c. of citric acid for the Kool-Aid but it’s harder to find.


Doesn’t look too interesting when mixed together:


The results?

Well, I wasn’t too impressed. Some dishes came out sparkling and others didn’t. I’ve not been to happy with recent results in my dishwasher anyway, so I’m thinking I need to cycle some vinegar through my dishwasher  to clean it up. Also, it might have been placement of some dishes. I don’t know.



So, I’m going to clean my dishwasher out, then try another load and let you know how it goes!!

What have you used for dishwasher detergent?



  • Denise

    Hi Betsy – I’ll have to give the dishwasher soap a try – about how much money does it cost per load? We always put a mug right side up in the top rack of the dishwasher & put about 1/2 cup of white vinegar in it when we wash a load of dishes. Our glasses/silverware come out sparkling clean with no rinse aid ever needed.

    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks for the tip!! I’ll have to try it next time I wash a load of dishes.

  • Stefi

    That sounds really cool, I cannot wait to give it a try! Thanks to the method you’ve shared I could save a couple of bucks every week! Thanks for sharing this great idea!
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  • Carissa

    can’t wait to hear the update because i’ve been wondering how effective this is!
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  • Bonny

    I’ve heard of using the Lemon flavored Kool-Aid as a way to clean your dishwasher between washes, but I haven’t tried it yet. So far I just use Cascade, but I’m interested in your second try results.
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  • Regena Fickes

    Maybe you should use washing soda instead of baking soda.I make my own dishwasher detergent with washing soda. Having good luck so far. Only about 1/4 thru a gallon in 3 months.

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Awesome, I can’t wait to hear how it goes later on. I’ve always wanted to try making my own soap. Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!
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