Want to know how to make dishwasher detergent? It's easier than you might think! And it is a cost-effective alternative to store-bought products.
Homemade household cleaners have been around forever. However, nowadays there is a new rage to go green that you might have heard of. Using DIY household cleaners lets you go green in two ways... saving some green and doing a little less to damage the environment. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Recipes for Homemade DIY Cleaners
All of the ingredients for this DIY Dishwasher Detergent recipe can be found in the cleaning section at your local Target or Walmart store. In my experience they are normally hiding down on the bottom shelf because the retailers want you to spend money on the brand names that are at eye-level. Who can blame them, right? The citric acid can be found with canning supplies at grocery, department or hardware stores.
The trick with using citric acid it to make sure you shake the detergent up to prevent sticking and clumping. For this reason, I use a jar to store my DIY dishwashing detergent, and shake it up every time I get it out to use it. While it probably doesn't need it every time, this keeps the detergent clump-free and ingredients are well dispersed.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
2 cups washing soda
½ cup borax
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup citric acid
Mix all the ingredients together in a plastic tub or ½ gallon jar that you can seal and shake. Stir everything together until well mixed, but if you have a container with a lid that seals well, go ahead and shake it up too. The sprinkle of rice is to help prevent the dishwasher detergent from clumping together in the container. Give it a shake when you pull the dishwasher detergent out for a load of dishes. This will help keep the dishwasher detergent from the clumping that citric acid can cause.
Yields three cups. Use 1 tablespoon per dishwasher load.