Homemade dishwasher soap made without borax

Dishwasher detergent tabs or powder is costly and often contains ingredients that are toxic to people and the environment. Most recipes for homemade dishwasher soap contain borax. Although borax is less toxic than many ingredients found in cleaning products, it is still mildly harmful. Use homemade dishwasher detergent without borax for an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to get the dishes in your dishwasher clean.

Lemon recipe

Fill the jug with the liquid soap, 50 ml (1/4 cup) warm water, freshly-squeezed lemon juice and 50 ml (1/4 cup) white vinegar. If you have hard water, add the table salt to the mix.

Stir the ingredients with a long-stemmed spoon to combine.

Fill the detergent reservoir in your dishwasher with the homemade soap. Use approximately 15 ml (1 tbsp) per load. Store leftover soap in a labelled jar.

Washing-up liquid method

Pour the washing powder into a bowl, and then add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of washing-up liquid.

Use a spoon to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Fill the detergent reservoir in your dishwasher with the mixture. This recipe works for only one load.

Lavender recipe

Fill a jar with 500 ml (2 cups) warm water. Add the liquid soap, 10 ml (2 tsp) vegetable glycerine, 30 ml (2 tbsp) white vinegar and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Shake the jar a few times to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Use approximately 15 ml (1 tbsp) per load in the dishwasher. Label the jar to store the leftover detergent.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 litre (1 quart) jug
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) lavender soap
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) table salt
  • Long-stemmed spoon
  • Jar
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) washing powder
  • Bowl
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) washing-up liquid
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) liquid soap
  • 30 ml (2 tsp) vegetable glycerine
  • Lavender essential oil
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.