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DIY dishwasher detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 uses 1x


The average dishwashing detergent has some unhealthy ingredients, so why not make a DIY dishwashing detergent right at home? Not only will you save a ton of money, you can be positive that the ingredients are safe for you, your family and the environment without question.


  • 2 ounces washing soda
  • 3¼ cups purified water
  • 4 ounces white vinegar
  • 1 ounce citric acid powder
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 20 drops orange essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil


  1. In a medium bowl, add the washing soda and purified water and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Stir in the vinegar, citric acid and kosher salt.
  3. Add the essential oils and mix well.
  4. Pour into a glass bottle and store in the fridge to prevent fermentation and mold (since it is chemical and preservative-free).
  5. Use about 1½–2 tablespoons of detergent per load. Give the bottle a good shake before dispensing.


Because this is a chemical-free dishwasher detergent, you need to give your dishes a quick scrub and rinse before loading.

  • Prep Time: 10 min

Keywords: DIY dishwasher detergent, homemade dishwasher detergent, DIY dishwasher soap

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