Wednesday, January 18, 2012

3 Ingredient Dishwasher Soap-Powder-UPDATED

It seems like every time I went to the store, dishwasher soap had gotten more expensive and came in a smaller container than the last time I bought it. After many tries and several fails, this one seems to work the best for me.
  • 1 c Borax- yes the old fashioned "Mule Team" (you can find this in the most grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. in the laundry aisle, but sometimes it's kind of hidden) mine was about $3 for a large box.
  • 1/4 c Baking Soda
  • 1/4 c Salt
Powder Dishwasher Soap
  • If you would like it scented you can use about 20 drops of essential oil. I like lemon or citrus for the kitchen.  I have ordered some from but have also seen it in my health food store. There is also a limited selection at the grocery store in the organic/natural food and cosmetic area.
  • Put all of the ingredients in a jar, shaker or container and shake it up to mix together.
  • I use about 2 T. depending on your washer and if you have hard or soft water you may have to adjust the amount used if you notice your dishes aren't getting clean. You can also add a little vinegar to the "rinse aid" dispenser or in the bottom of the dishwasher to get those annoying spots out of your glasses.
***Revision update 3/10
I noticed on some of my glasses I had some film, which I had even when I bought the expensive brands in the store. I'm not sure if it's just because I bought cheap glasses or if it's from the dish soap. My antique glasses always come out clear.  I added 1/4 c citric acid I found at my local CO-OP to the mixture. If you can't find that, Lemi-Shine (in the dishwasher soap aisle at Target or Wal-mart) is basically the same thing.  That took care of care of the film. You might have to adjust these measurements based on your water and your dishwasher. I have well water and a septic system.

~Simply Angie


  1. Anonymous1/18/2012

    I will definitely be making dishwasher soap! Thanks!

  2. Anonymous1/19/2012

    This works great!

  3. Anonymous1/21/2012

    I tried this and everything got really clean. thanks :)