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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent: Tested and Approved

Updated on August 20, 2012

Go Ahead And Do It Yourself

In my house we've been slowly making the transition to a more frugal, and natural lifestyle. Along the way I've experimented with making everything from all purpose cleaner to laundry detergent to dishwasher detergent. With varying results for each new "formula" I tried. Here is my tested and approved recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent.


  • 1c Borax (sodium borate)
  • 1c Washing Soda (sodium carbonate)
  • 1/4c lemishine
  • 1/4c kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a container and shake well. Add 1-2Tbsp per load. If you like you can add some vinegar to your rinse aid compartment.
  2. If you live somewhere humid (like me) add some rice to your mixture when you shake it. This should help keep it from clumping, but won't interrupt your washing.


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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Be sure to try vinegar for the rinse instead of buying expensive stuff. It leaves glasses shiny.

    • April Reynolds profile image

      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds good, its a lot cheaper than jetdry. Thanks!

    • pollobowl profile image

      pollobowl 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I ALWAYS put vinegar in my rinse aid compartment, and my dishes have no spots whatsoever.

    • April Reynolds profile image

      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love lemishine! It's the only thing that helps with our hard water. Have you had luck with vinegar as a rinse agent? A friend from back east suggested it, but I'm not sure how it would mix with the lemishine.