Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

This is like Cascade and Sun Light. This homemade natural formula will safely cut through grease and sanitize your dishes as well.


Automatic Dish Washing Soap


  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 drops tea tree extract
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


Combine water and liquid Castile soap. Stir and then add lemon juice, tea tree extract, and vinegar. Stir until blended evenly and store in a squeeze bottle.

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.

Dishwashing Liquid

To a 22 oz. container of liquid Castile soap, add:

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 8 drops orange
  • 20 drops grapefruit

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


February 3, 20110 found this helpful

I'm about to try the vinegar portion of this to help get rid of the white film on some glasses. If that doesn't work, I'll get more intense with a homemade recipe! Lots of work, though.

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