Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dishwasher Soap - DIY

I just got my second dishwasher in 4 years, which I am not very happy about, so I used the free sample of Cascade. Now I remember why I make my own dishwasher soap! I keep searching for the perfect balance of ingredients to find exactly what I want in a dishwasher soap, well I am happy to report this works the best for me. Maybe it's my water that has made this difficult, I really don't know, but I'm happy now! I found the same issue that Angie did, my old vintage glasses come out great but my new glasses still look a little spotted and cloudy. Guess they don't make glasses and dishwashers like they used to, huh? I tried Lemi Shine in my soap and am happy to report, all items were shiny and clean - at long last!

* Important Hint: Fill your soap dispenser with Lemi Shine and run your dishwasher (empty) for one cycle to remove any buildup from your previous soap before you wash your dishes. If you don't do this, your dishes will not be clean and sparkly!

Dishwasher Soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Lemi Shine or citric acid (can use more or less depending on your water)
1/2 cup Kosher salt
I found the first 2 ingredients in the laundry soap aisle at my grocery store.The Lemi Shine was by the dishwasher detergent but on the very top shelf. I use the coarse Kosher salt, found with the other salts. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or jar.
I use 1 coffee scoop, which is 2 Tablespoons or 1/8 cup.
I pour white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment to help with any spots.

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi


  1. Anonymous7/25/2012

    I followed this just like you said and it worked better than my old one.

  2. Mine was getting clumpy with the humid weather so I put one of those silicone gel packets(like you get when you buy shoes or a purse etc.) It absorbs moisture and works great-no more clumps!

  3. you like this one better than your liquid dishwasher soap? Which one would you recommend more? Thanks!

  4. what would you guess your cost per load is?