Use 2 tablespoons per wash in a standard-size dishwasher.
Note: Do not substitute conventional liquid soap for the Castile soap unless it is a "low sudsing" soap. Regular soaps will produce too many suds and overflow the dishwasher.
To a 22 oz. container of liquid Castile soap, add:
I hope that you love these like I do! Have a wonderful 2011 everyone!
Source: (for Automatic Dish Washing Soap) Casey Kellar, author of Natural Cleaning for Your Home: 95 Pure and Simple Recipes
By Jodi from Aurora Colorado
Shake thoroughly or stir and store in tightly covered jar. Use one tablespoon per load. For best results add white vinegar to the rinse dispenser.
All of the above items can be found in your local grocery store. This recipe cleans; cuts grease and yet gentle enough for fine china.
By ecogirl91304 from Los Angeles, CA
By Kellyb from IN
I need a recipe for homemade dish washing detergent for the dishwashing machine.
By Scott from Adelaide, Australia
Hey wfulps, how about bleach and a drop of Dawn? Should be the best of both worlds without harmful reactions.
Does anyone know of a homemade dish detergent recipe? I save so much with the homemade laundry detergent, but have had no luck finding a dish detergent recipe.
By Amy from Rochester, NY
This works really well for me the koolaide is to help break down the residue and grease.
1 cup of borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup of kosher salt. (you can use regular salt, but I prefer kosher salt, more scrubbing power)
15 pkgs of lemon koolaide. I use the store brand it is a lot cheaper.
I also fill the rinse aid with white vinegar.
I use a spoon full in the pre wash and a spoon full in the one that you lock shut. You probably don't have to do that but I want my dishes really clean. I am a person that rinses my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. If you don't I dont know how well it will work. But I've had other people say it works great for them too. I store it in a cheap plastic container. Wrote the ingredients on the outside of the jar and labeled the lid.
How do I make homemade dishwasher soap?
Mix equal parts of Arm and Hammer washing soda and Borax. For spot free glasses, etc., instead of using expensive JetDri use white vinegar instead.
I use the 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and I have purchased citric acid in bulk instead of Kool-aid. How much citric acid should I use?
One of my relatives says the soap leaves spots and a milky film. Any ideas what to add to the soap?
Rather than baking soda one should use washing soda, usually found in the laundry aisle.
I tried making my own laundry detergent with Zote Laundry soap and Borax. I did not have any washing soda and was dying to make the detergent, so I experimented.
I used 1/3 bar Zote and 1 cup borax powder. I covered the Zote with water and melted it in the microwave until smooth then added the borax to almost 2 gallons of water. I split this between two ice cream buckets (5 quart size). Next, I divided the Zote soap liquid between the buckets and stirred well.
After the stuff gelled up, I tried it for laundry and it worked pretty well, I did have some things that needed stain treated after washing once, but it worked pretty well for a pretreat gel.
Since the Borax and Zote are both recommended for dishes and the detergent is non-sudsing, I tried it in my dishwasher, and it worked well, but be sure to use a rinse agent or vinegar in the rinse because of possible residue.
Cost = 48 Cents Per 2 Gallons
Even if you use 1 cup per load for laundry, this is a lot cheaper than anything else!!
Just as good for dishwasher and easier to store:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
2-3 tablespoons citric acid (I used Fruit Fresh)
Use about 2 tablespoons per wash, this left no residue.
Cost = Around a penny per load
I bought my fruit fresh after season and got a mark-down. It will last more than 10 loads. I was buying detergent on sale that was 10 cents per load.
I figured it may cut out the rinse agent, but I filled my rinse agent well just a few days before my *big idea*, so I'll have to wait and see. So far, there is no residue,
Also, I was using way too much (filling the compartment) and it was leaving white dusty residue behind... use ONLY a tablespoon or two at most!! I have hard water, and two is sufficient for me. (10/20/2004)
How about putting the vinegar straight in the tub with the detergent? or adding it directly to the rinse cycle? how much vinegar? (11/26/2004)
The baking soda prevents the sudsing over that happens when you use liquid soap by itself. It also aids in getting your dishes really clean. You might like it well enough to use all the time! (03/06/2005)
First, only a rinse agent or pure white vinegar (nothing else) should ever go in your rinse agent dispenser. Baking soda will leave a film if used in quantity as will Borax as a rinse agent.
These ingredients listed seem fine for washing. The citric acid simply helps with dissolving calcium and lime (hard water!) during washing and drying cycles.
A better alternative to actual citric acid, which is caustic, than fruit fresh is a packet of unsweetened lemonade powder. Walmart sells them for less than 10 cents apiece. Put one of these in your powder if you like.
Also, use 3 packets of lemonade powder (unsweetned) into your dishwashing dispenser and run and empty cycle. This cleans your dishwasher and heating element of deposits and grime and costs less than 30 cents vs. other expensive "dishwasher cleaners". It's also cheaper than Tang.
Finally, if you are using homemade detergent and a vinegar or rinse agent (again, never use any soda or borax, etc in your rinse dispenser), you may simply have a hard water or dirty dish problem.
Check your water softener or simply that you are rinsing dishes well before loading (I dont' care how well dishwashers promise to work, I have never been able to load a dish that is not well rinsed haha). Lipstick is full of waxes and oils and fats and a quick rinse and rub may elminate this residue problem.
I made my own dishwashing gel before but wasn't happy with the results. It didn't gel just right, then when it did gel, it wouldn't mix with the water and was clumpy. I may try your suggestion, but so far I find the electrasol tabs most convenient. I always use vinegar in my rinse dispenser and our dishes are always sparkling. No need to buy Jet Dri or other expensive agents. (09/10/2005)
By Kathleen Rounds
A while back, I asked if anyone had a tip on making homemade dishwasher detergent. I got the reply to use 1/8 cup bleach, to dissolve the grease, using no soap at all and 1/8 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle to alleviate the lime deposits and get streak free dishes and glasses. WOW, WOW, WOW, did it ever work. I will forever use this recipe. Thanks ever so much.
By Jamish from Ransom, Kansas
Editor's Note: Make sure you add the vinegar at the rinse cycle, as described in the tip, and not when you add the bleach or it will create a horrible gas.
So I gone back with Cascade 2-in-1 Pacs with Dawn did try that with one pad, but found out the hard way you need to use two of those. That did a very good job, but I did add Cascade Complete to the pre-rinse even though that product tells you you don't need to do it. Yeah, yeah. Pots and pans and everything else came out super duper clean. I ran out of the 2-in-1 pads they seem expensive to keep on adding them in. Costco has them for $12 for 90 pads, Wal-Mart 80 pads for $12, 50 pads for $8. I just got the biggest box of Cascade Complete at Costco for $7 bucks.. That cleans everything I put in the dishwasher even cast iron with oil. If it can't clean that then forget it. Which id did clean it so well maybe too well but hey just have to oil the iron and I back in business. I use the Cascade Complete in both places also add a pre-wash. Just to play it safe. I'll stick with this product I did see the Bleach version but don't know if that's a good idea to smell bleach flumes during the drying cycle.. Good luck, making your own still cheaper to buy the ready made product.
Automatic Dishwasher Soap: I have made the laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover (pre-wash treatment); how about a recipe for automatic dishwashers? Anyone have any ideas?
Love this site,
Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
I'd guess baking soda would dry to a residue. How about adding a drop of dishwashing liquid to get that taken care of? It just SOUNDS like it would work. (05/03/2007)
Once I tried using just a scant tablespoon of laundry detergent, BIG MISTAKE! This bubbled out of the dishwasher and leaked into the floor even though I tried to soak up the leak with towels. I had a drip in the basement ceiling as a result. Please spare yourself that mess. (01/30/2009)
Does anyone have a recipe for homemade dishwasher soap? Preferably a powdered version.
Basically it is one part baking soda to one part borax using vinegar for the rinse agent. Another site I read used washing soda instead of baking soda with the borax.
For light loads, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled loads, use 2 tablespoons.
Carole from Maine
This is a terrible blow, just recently cleaned out the motor andreplaced the drain motor, so everything is working mechanically.
Please help! (01/18/2009)
Well, try this now: Use that 1 Tbsp. of Borax and 1 Tbsp. Washing Soda. This time, mix it with a little water before you put it into the detergent reservoir. Like, in a little cup or something. Try not to get any of this slush on the rim of the door.
No matter what we did, everything came out covered in a stubborn with "powdery looking" residue. I think this is caused by the fact that you are putting dry powder in the reservoir.
The reservoir is not waterproof, so water gets in before the door is opened. In fact, the door can't open easily because powder has become a paste, a lump glued onto the walls of the reservoir." The door opens MUCH LATER than it should. Hence the un-rinsed off residue.
If this doesn't work for you, please make the "gel" recipe and I'm sure that will do the trick! (01/22/2009)
How do you make homemade dishwasher powder?
Pam from Australia
I do not have an "automatic dishwasher."; I am the dishwasher, and I do not have my own dishcleaner yet; however, I would like to share with all of you, from this book, why Borax should be used sparingly. (Thriftyfun, if I've misquoted, or "done it wrong," please let me know so I can "make it right.") In the book, "HOME HINTS AND TIPS: The New Guide to Natural, Safe, and Healthy Living" by Rosamond Richardson, published by DK Publishing, Copyright circa 2003, American Edition, Dorling Kindersley Limited Text copyright circa 2003 Rosamind Richardson Page 47 BORAX "a naturally occurring mineral and may be used in small quantities for treating stains and mildew, and removing odors. However, it contains the element boron, which cannot biodegrade, and consequently should only be used sparingly."
Also, in this same book, in the Glossary,page 187, under BORON, "Boron is an essential mineral for plants but not animals. In fact, it can be toxic in excess." In the same book, on page 186, BORAX, "widely and diversely used , for example, as a mild antiseptic, a cleansing agent, a water softener, and in the manufacture of enamels, shellacs, heat-resistent glass, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals. It contains the element boron" And again, the same book, on page 186 under BORON& "A mineral element that is a necessary food supplement for some living creatures, but can be damaging at high levels."
What is a low, safe level of Borax? I don't know. From the book I quoted out of, Borax contains Boron, a mineral that cannot biodegrade, so the more it's used, the more it builds up in the septic, etc. The book also says Boron is toxic in high amounts. What is a high amount? I don't know, but I would think if I were washing dishes on an everyday basis with it, it would definitely build up, and probably become toxic.
I really want to be "green" but I also want to be smart about it. I am really proud to say that in my community, I can recycle plastics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. I can also recycle cans without having to remove the labels (no food stuck to them, of course), and I don't have to crush the cans. I can also recycle, (and this excites me), newspapers with inserts, magazines, books, catalogs, phone books, and junkmail, along with glass. cardboard, and food boxes that don't have any food stuck to them. I can also recycle aluminum foil as long as there isn't any food stuck to it. I have a type of septic system, and I don't want Borax building up on the property. Borax is nonbiodegradable, and can be toxic in "large amounts," I don't know the math.
I did see a couple of dishwasher recipes that looked safer than the ones with Borax. Because of what I read in the above book, I would be afraid to use Borax on a daily basis in a dishwasher, because I'm afraid it could build up on the dishes, pots and pans. Borax could build up in septic or septic type systems, and not only that, even in a city, Borax could build up in water supplies.
I've heard the scare stories about Los Angeles, and how anti-depressants and such are showing up in the water, is Borax or nonbiodegradable Boron next? (02/08/2009)
By Carol L.
I don't know, but I'm going to do more research! thanks to Carol for the added information. (02/09/2009)
I am trying to make the homemade dish washing detergent , using 20 mule team borax, washing soda, fresh fruit, and glycerin with vinegar rinse. What are the measurements for this recipe?
I never buy dishwasher soap anymore. I buy a large box of 20 Mule Team borax, a large baking soda, and a large bottle of white vinegar. I keep them on hand just for dishwasher soap.
Does any body have a good recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent? Thanks.
How do you make dishwasher detergent?
I am looking for homemade dish detergent recipes.
I would like to know an alternative to use in my dishwasher if my Cascade is gone, and I have no money to buy more for awhile.