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Dishwasher Soap Recipes Using Essential Oils

Updated on May 20, 2013

Don't Over Load Dishwashers!

Never over-load your dishwasher!
Never over-load your dishwasher! | Source

Green Dish Soap for Automatic Dishwashers

Eco-friendly Automatic Dish-washing; a Contradiction in terms?

Okay. So I get that washing dishes in an electric dishwasher seems just about as green as is a plastics factory, but hear me out. Even as the water usage of a home automated dishwasher is as wasteful as wasteful can be, we can still manage to make it as Eco-friendly as is possible in terms of pollutants. So with this effort in mind, you will find recipes for green dishwasher powder soap that are easy and very effective in the cleaning and shining of your dishes. Your glasses will sparkle, and that hard to clean stuck-on grime will melt away. You don't need to employ the use of harsh chemical cleaners in the battle for bright clean dishwasher washed dishes anymore!


A Dishwasher side note: Fight the over-use of our consumer water supply by using the shortest cycle your dishwasher offers. Running full—but not over packed—loads also helps to reduce the number of times you run your dishwasher. Doing the heavy cleaning items like big pots and pans by hand also saves on the water supply because you won't have to run the much longer heavy-cleaning pots and pans cycle. Running a sink full of hot water saves a ton in H2O consumption! A few of the newer models actually have an economy setting that reduces water consumption per load, choosing this setting will help conserve water to some small degree.

Improve Your Dishwashers Cleaning Power by Following These 5 Simple Tips!

  1. Make certain your water temp is set hot enough to clean the dishes, but not so hot that your wasting valuable energy units. (Refer to manufactures guide for this)
  2. Check interior floor of machine for cracks and leaks where water can potentially escape.
  3. Keep the gasket (rubber seal) around the dishwasher door in good condition, replace if cracking or worn.
  4. Run Dishwasher in the evening when no other appliances are being used.
  5. For best dish-washing results load your dishes according to the manufacturers suggestions. Over-loading your dishwasher prevents the dishes from getting really clean!

Lavender Essential Oil is an eco-friendly dishwasher soap ingredient that  works wonders!
Lavender Essential Oil is an eco-friendly dishwasher soap ingredient that works wonders! | Source

About the Chart Below for HERBS and Their Beneficial Properties

The chart below is centered around the most commonly found herbs in the home garden and can be easily located in either essential-oil, or dried form. Many herbs act as antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, and antibiotic agents. The chart below does not list all of the herbs by a long-shot, because I decided to choose the more popular and familiar home-style herbs.


(click column header to sort results)
antibiotic, antibacterial
antibiotic, antiviral
antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
antifungal, antibacterial
antifungal, antibacterial
antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Lemon verbena
antibiotic, antibacterial
antibiotic, antifungal
antibiotic, antibacterial
antibiotic, antifungal
antibiotic, antibacterial
antifungal, antibacterial
antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Tea tree
antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
antibacterial; use caution when handling

Recipes for Automatic Dishwasher Powdered Soap that Really Work!

Lovely Lavender Automatic Dishwasher Powder

This recipe gives you a gentle up-lifting feeling as the lavender scent wafts from the dishwasher during cleaning, and only cost a few cents per load!

  • 2 cup washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 22 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients, mixing the essential oil in thoroughly. Store in a sealed plastic or glass container. Use 2 Tablespoons for each load of dishes.

Citrus Shine Automatic Dishwasher Powder

Find citrus acid in powdered form at your local health food store, home brewer's of beer and wine supply houses, soap makers shops, and the never ending Internet sources. You may run across citric acid being called "sour salt" as well.

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 6 - 7 Tablespoons citric acid powder
  • 25 drops of grapefruit essential oil

Mix all ingredients together very well, and store in a sealed plastic or glass container. Use 2 Tablespoons for each load of dishes.

Ready Rinse for Hard Water Stains

If you continually see water spots on your flatware and glasses, you may be experiencing the hard water blues. Try this SIMPLE recipe for sparkling results!

  1. 1 cup distilled vinegar
  2. 2 cups green tea

Add the vinegar and 1 cup of tea to the rinse compartment (or cycle) of your automatic dishwasher. Sit back and enjoy the second cup while the washer runs, the tannins in the tea help breakup and rinse away the soap residue on your dishes, while acting as an antioxidant in your body!

Green Tea and vinegar work great on those ugly water spots!
Green Tea and vinegar work great on those ugly water spots! | Source

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  • chrissieklinger profile image


    6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I've been making my own dishwasher detergent and I may try the green tea with the vinegar, vinegar alone is not making the dishes as clear as I would like.

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    carol3san~I am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub, a little green cleaning makes for a good day work!



  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    cclitgirl~How cool! I can't wait to read what you put to the page about your cobweb covered dishwasher! Sounds fun. Glad you approve of the tips for green cleaning dishwasher soaps, the dishes do sparkle and the stuck on grime is gone, and the earth doesn't get sick in the process! Win-win if you ask me! Sure nice to see you in the HubHood!



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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    6 years ago from Western NC

    Yet another incredibly useful hub. I love how you compiled a lot of information on essential oils. I also have a dishwasher that I don't use, haha. It sits in the pantry, gathering cobwebs - but it has a story. Perhaps you've inspired me to make a hub out of it. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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    Carolyn Sands 

    6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

    Hi K9keystrokes, nice hub. Thanks for the great info for which I can certainly use. Voted up and useful.

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Huge thanks to all of you who are so kind as to share your thoughts and support for this Green Cleaning read. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the HubPages community and the kind spirit of the writers.

    Cheers and HubHugs all around~


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    6 years ago


    This has some great info in it! If I ever use an electric dishwasher, I'll put it to good use, lol!

    I'm still the sort who actually LIKES to wash dishes by hand. Sometimes I even sing while I do it, lol!

    But so far, my best use for a dishwasher, has been to use as a really big drip-dry rack when I'm cleaning up after a party.

    Great hub!

  • Chatkath profile image


    6 years ago from California

    Well, for the first time in a long time, I have no dishwasher in the house I am renting but I love your dishwasher soap recipes K9! What an awesome idea and the essential oil chart is a treasure! I didn't know all of the benefits of each one and they smell so good too...memories memories! Your hubs are always jam packed with original and useful ideas and laid out so perfectly to display and further illustrate your topic!

    The finest in the Hubland my friend!

    Up, useful and awesome.

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    6 years ago from San Francisco

    Wow, essential oils strike again! How cool!!!

    I don't have a dishwasher, but as soon as I start living in a place that has one, I'll be utilizing these recipes! I love the table, too. So useful!

  • Scribenet profile image


    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi K9, Having worked in a lab that manufactures dish detergents, I can say the proportion of ingredients is very important; too much of one and you get spotting, not enough and it doesn't clean. The new dishwasher detergents that are eco friendly were not as effective as chlorine based detergents for a long while; this is improving.

    I recommend in most areas, especially in the states where there seems to be a lot of hard water (soluble minerals) people make up the rinse...I didn't know about the tea...who would have thought something that stains also

    I love this kind of Hub...there is so much you can prepare yourself...but experimenting with the mix is even more fun!

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    cherylone~ So glad you find the Essential oil Herb Chart helpful. Thank you for taking the time to make it by today! Always glad to read your thoughts in the comment section.



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    Cheryl Simonds 

    6 years ago from Connecticut

    I will definitely be trying your recipes in this hub. Great information. I will bookmark this not only for the recipes but for the information on the herbs that you listed. Great job.

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Just Ask Susan~ You are so flattering! Honored that you find some of my work worthy of a bookmark click. I have found wonderful success using these green powder soap recipes, the water spot remover works extremely well! I hope you find as many positive results as I have with these Eco-friendly recipes!



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    Susan Zutautas 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I think I need to have a bookmark file entitled K9 for all of the hubs I bookmark of yours. I've been having so many problems with my dishwasher just not washing the dishes to my satisfaction lately. I end up taking them out of the dishwasher and re-washing them by hand and am about ready to just wash them by hand all the time. I will try some of your Dishwasher soap recipes and hopefully have success. Thanks for giving me hope :)


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