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16 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipes: {Updated}

[Updated with new recipes from readers] Have you run out of dishwashing detergent and you’re in a pinch to run a load until you can get to the store and buy some more? Or are you looking to whip up a few batches to save yourself a bit money? This is the page you’re looking for!

SprayI have a few DIY mixes you can try (for both powder and liquid versions), as well as some rinse agent suggestions to help get dishes sparkling clean.

I’ve also updated the page with loads of tips, recipes and advice shared by readers.

This article is over 5 years old and still going strong with feedback from those who have tried these out…lots here for you to browse through, good luck!

Powder #1:

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

Powder #2:

1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax

For the above two mixes:

Powder #3:

1/4 cup Washing Soda
1 TBS Liquid Dish Soap

Use the above for each load you run.


1 part baking soda
1 part borax
1 part water
1 drop lemon or orange essential oil per cup of detergent

If you’re having a cloudy residue problem::

For a liquid soap to handwash items in the sink, you can try the recipe found here at diylife.com [1].

Update #1: There are several comments from readers reporting both success and problems (namely complaining about cloudy residue issues). I don’t know why there’s a discrepancy, but it may have something to do with water temperature (not hot enough) or water quality (too hard, etc.). My dishwasher is still going strong with no problems, items are consistently clean with no residue and it’s about 20 years old–good old Maytag!

Because these mixes are at least 20 years old (I’m going from memory here), the problem might be isolated to newer appliances? How much water is used to flush & rinse the items? I’m not sure. I would suggest you watch carefully when first trying them to see if they leave a powdery residue (there are tips below that might help with that).

Update #2: Lots of readers have offered their tried-and-true recipes and shared tips in the comments area, here are several that stand out:

MK Whittenburg advises that the etching/cloudiness problem is solved by adding citric acid, she recommends this recipe:

1 (55 oz) box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 (76 oz) box of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 (48 oz) boxes of coarse Kosher Salt
1 (2 oz) container of food-grade Citric Acid (or substitute with 10 to 15 envelopes of Unsweetened Lemon Kool-Aid)

Reader tips for fighting film/residue:

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing, Tipnut readers are the best! If you have any advice or feedback, please feel free to share below.