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15 Homemade Dishwasher Soaps

The homemade dishwasher soap is an essential item that should be found in any household. Regular dishwashers use a lot of chemicals and can cause your skin to get dry or crack even if you are using dishwashing gloves. Dishwaters can get expensive, too so if you are looking for a frugal approach, go for a homemade dishwasher soap.

The following homemade dishwasher soap recipes prove that natural ingredients are just as effective as regular dishwasher soaps that you find in stores. You will get to save money, save time, use ingredients that won’t harm your skin and enjoy a DIY dishwasher soap that will last you longer than one you’d buy in a store.

1. Homemade Dishwasher Soap

This homemade dishwasher soap recipe is easy to follow and it is the kind of recipe you can’t help but fall in love with. It will last you longer than any typical dishwasher soap you might use.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Materials used:

2. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Commercial detergents may turn out to be a thing of the past soon. More and more people turn to easier, more reliable solutions like a DIY dishwasher detergent that cleans everything with ease and doesn’t hurt one’s hands either. Here is a recipe that’s easy to follow.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 5 packets unsweetened lemonade mix

3. Homemade Dishwashing Soap

If you are searching for a homemade dishwasher soap recipe that cleans every type of stain or dirt, this DIY tutorial will definitely come in handy.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)

4. Cheap Homemade Dishwasher

Here is an affordable and practical alternative to commercial detergents; this homemade dishwasher soap will definitely make your dishes look brand new with little to no effort. This dishwasher cleans the dishes quickly, leaving them spotless and shiny.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 12 minutes
Materials used:

  • 2 cups of diced lemon (use both the rind and fruit with seeds removed)
  • 3½ cups of water (divided into 1 ½ cups and 2 cups)
  • 4 oz white vinegar
  • 1 cup kosher salt

5. DIY Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade dishwasher soap and detergent recipes will always use amazing natural ingredients. The good thing about these recipes is the fact that you can also add essentials oils if you are aiming for a particular scent.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 10 minutes
Materials used:

6. DIY Dishwasher Soap

Homemade dishwasher soap recipes can be so much fun. This tutorial will teach you how to create dishwasher soap tabs without using borax or other ingredients that might not be that natural.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 14 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 Cup Washing Soda (cleaner)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda (cuts out grease)
  • 3 packages unsweetened lemonade drink mix
  • 1 Cup of Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup Water

7. Homemade Dishwasher

Most homemade dishwasher soap recipes use borax as an ingredient. If you’re all for organic, natural ingredients recipes, then this is your best bet. The best thing about this recipe? It actually works.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 11 minutes
Materials used:

  • Lemi-Shine
  • Super Washing Soda
  • Sea Salt
  • Baking Soda

8. DIY Dishwashing Detergent

This homemade detergent is really easy to make and it’s perfect if you don’t want your dishes to have any traces of chemicals on them. This recipe is chemical-free and family friendly. So if you have kids and want to clean the dishes without using chemical-based detergents, this is a recipe you should definitely try out.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 7-10 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 1/2 cups citric acid
  • 1 1/2 cups washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
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9. Homemade Liquid Dishwashing Soap

If you don’t like the powdered formula of homemade dishwasher soap recipes, why not go for a liquid, free of chemicals version of a DIY liquid dishwashing soap?

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 9 minutes
Materials used:

  • 3 TBSP Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup Washing Soda

10. Easy-to-Make Dishwasher Soap

This is a pretty simple recipe and the ingredients can be found quite easily so if you haven’t got much time and you want a fast and reliable recipe, check this tutorial out because it is definitely worth your time.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: a few minutes
Materials used:

  • 3 Cups of Water (dry cup measure, Not liquid measure)
  • 1 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda DO NOT SUBSTITUTE – make sure it doesn’t have ANY LUMPS.
  • 5 Tbs Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap

11. Homemade Dish Detergent

It takes only three ingredients to come up with an amazing homemade dish detergent. Check out a cool tutorial that will really help you out when doing the dishes.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 10 minutes
Materials used:

  • 2 cups vegetable-based castile soap (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 drops essential oil of your choice (I used Tea Tree Oil from Trader Joe’s)
  • Vinegar

12. Dishwasher Soap Recipe

If your grocery list is always full, it’s time to cut some costs by going for an easy dishwasher soap recipe that can be considered a lifesaver.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 10 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup salt

13. Homemade Liquid Soap

Some say that DIY liquid soap is more efficient than the powder dishwasher one. If you are a big fan of DIY projects, give this tutorial a chance and see how well liquid soap manages to clean your dishes.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Materials used:

  • 16 cups of water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups WASHING soda (this is NOT baking soda)
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap (fragrance of your choice)

14. Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Soap

If you are not a big fan of dishwashers and you enjoy washing the dishes by hand, learn how to make your own dishwasher soap that will help you do the dishes faster and better.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 9-10 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 cups borax

15. DIY Dishwasher Soap

This liquid dishwasher soap is homemade and it uses natural ingredients only. This DIY project will teach you how to make use of supplies you already have lying around the house and come up with a very useful homemade dishwasher soap recipe.

Level of difficulty: easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Materials used:

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 10-20 drops essential oil (optional)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Plastic squeeze-top container
  • Funnel



These homemade dishwasher soap recipes have a clear purpose: to make you use natural ingredients that cause no damage to the dishes or to your hands. You also get to save some money, not having to buy dishwasher soaps on and on since homemade soaps tend to last longer. And speaking of soaps, you might want to check out this list of shampoos you can make and that are chemical free!



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