Recipe for Environmentally Friendly Dishwasher Detergent

Washing dishes is a chore that most people dread, thankfully there are dishwashers. The dishwashing detergent that is used to operate these machines is not only expensive, but oftentimes is not sufficient to get the dishes clean.

Many people are concerned about the environment and about doing their part to save money and reduce waste. By making your own homemade dishwasher detergent, a family can save a great deal of money and can also ensure there are no harmful products going into the production of the detergent being used.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Most homemade detergent bases start with some cleaning agents. The agents need to be non-sudsing or this could create a large mess. The overall production of the washing detergent will depend totally on the type of water that is in a person’s home. Homes that have a great deal of iron in their water, or their water is too soft may not have as good of luck with the homemade variety. While it will still get the dishes clean, there may be a bit of a residue left behind from the water. Those who have city water should have no problem.

823_3820353Here is one variation of the Recipe for environmentally friendly dishwasher detergent:

2 Cups of Washing Soda

Washing soda can be found in the laundry isle. It is usually in a yellow box and is a natural form of a water softener. It has great cleaning power and is not baking soda; it has a different chemical compound.

1 Cup Borax

This staple is used in most earth friendly recipes. It helps get glasses sparkling and will ensure your load is clean.

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

This is the same stuff that is used for canning. It just takes a small amount to work but this will help for those who have hard water and will erase residue.

1 Teaspoon of Dawn

While you don’t have to put Dawn in the mix, it helps give the earth friendly mixture the extra pop it needs. For extra dirty loads, the Dawn seems to really be the extra oomph that’s needed. Don’t add anymore or its sudsing action will give you a great deal of bubbles.

1 Teaspoon of Salt

Salt acts as a softener and will help to allow residue to release. Since it is an abrasive, it is great for giving the mixture that little bit of extra that is needed to get the dishes amazingly clean.

Mix everything together and put in an airtight container. Use approximately 1/4 of a cup for each load. The washing mixture can be put right into the detergent slot on any dishwasher. If choosing an extended load, go ahead and dump some more of this amazing concoction in the pre-wash department, too.

All Natural Rinse Aid

Want to use an all-natural rinse aid? By pouring some vinegar into the rinse aid compartment, the dishes will be spot free and have amazing shine. While vinegar doesn’t have the best smell, it sure does wonders for the dishes and the smell will be washed away.


You can save big money by making your own environmentally friendly dishwasher detergent. If you want your mix to have a lemony smell, add 5 drops of an essential oil to the mix. You can play around with this recipe until you have the perfect mixture for your wash loads.

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