Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Shiny Penny: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I don't actually own a dishwasher.  I've never even operated a dishwasher until today!  But, in the name of The Shiny Penny I ventured out and asked around and got a friend to help me out.  I went over and ran a load with the detergent and it worked great and very economical to make. I searched for a long while trying to find a recipe that didn't make a huge whooping amount of detergent. So, it's time to pass it along!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent 
1 part baking soda
1 part borax (found in any laundry detergent isle)
1 part water
1 drop of Orange Essential Oil (which I suggest you buy anyhow) per cup of mixture.  If you absolutely do not and will not buy Orange Oil use a drop or 2 of lemon juice.

Mix it all together and it will make a paste.  Use 2-3 tablespoons per load. Use vinegar as a rinse agent. 

The batch I made was 2 tablespoons of each ingredient and it was enough for one load of dishes..just to give you a good idea about how much you'll need.  Enjoy!


  1. So, dumb question, but I've never used a dishwashing rinse agent, where does the rinse agent go?

  2. In my brother's dishwasher it just had a little thing right by where you add the detergent that said "rinse agent"... I wish I had more experience!

  3. OK, thanks!! I'll definitely have to try this!! :D

  4. I'd also assume that 'rinse agent' is where you put the Jet Dry in a dishwasher. Our old crumbly dishwasher has a sort of not thing in it (looks like a cog from a clock only made out of plastic) that you unscrew and pour in the Jet Dry (since I know vinegar is good for streakless shine I'm assuming that's the more cost effective way!)