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Making Dishwasher Cubes

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There are many household cleaners that are easy to make yourself. This is a guide about making dishwasher cubes.


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June 10, 2015

I decided to make my own dishwasher detergent cubes because they are cheaper and healthier. Have you read some of the ingredients in the store bought kind? That residue lingers on your dishes and you are ingesting trace amounts every day. No thank you!
These are also easy to make and require common ingredients. Have fun!

Total Time: About 6 hours total with drying time...

Yield: 18 cubes

Source: Pinterest inspired


  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ice cube trays


  1. Add borax and washing soda to a large bowl, mix well.
  2. Add vinegar and lemon juice, mix well.
  3. Pour evenly into 18 ice cube squares. Continue to stir as you pour, otherwise the powders will sink to the bottom.
  4. Let dry around 5 hours.
  5. Carefully pop out of the trays and let dry another hour or so on wax paper.
  6. Place in a container and use 1 per load of dishes. I picked this glass jar up at a thrift shop.
  7. If your water is especially hard, you may want to add vinegar and coarse salt to the prewash. This should aid in reducing film and hard water spots.

**If these do not fit into your dispenser very well, I would suggest pouring your liquid into 36 cubes and using 2 per load. Otherwise, just break in half. :)

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June 15, 20150 found this helpful
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What an awesome idea! Even better than the 'ecologically sound' ones that use plastic wrappers! Good for you!

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December 21, 20161 found this helpful

Instead of buying expensive and caustic dishwasher detergent, make your own version with simple ingredients and an ice cube tray. It will save you money and peace of mind. Learn how to make them in this short video.

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