How to make your own dishwasher detergent

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How to make your own dishwasher detergent
Make your own dishwasher detergent with inexpensive, natural products. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Dish-washing detergent is expensive, and many products contain harsh ingredients that are not eco-friendly. Instead of using commercial dishwasher detergent, make your own. Homemade dishwasher detergent is quick and inexpensive to make, and will leave your dishes sparkling clean.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • Glass jar with lid
  • 1 cup borax powder
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • Spoon
  • 1 cup liquid Castile soap
  • Empty squirt bottle
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 drops tea tree oil

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup washing soda into a glass jar with a lid. Add 1 cup borax powder.

  2. 2

    Add ½ cup salt and ½ cup citric acid to the mixture. Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

  3. 3

    Use 1 to 2 tbsp of the homemade detergent per load. Store the detergent in the jar with the lid secured tightly.

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup liquid Castile soap into a clean, empty squirt bottle. Add ½ cup water.

  2. 2

    Pour ½ cup white vinegar into the bottle. Add 2 tbsp lemon juice and three drops tea tree oil.

  3. 3

    Put the lid on the bottle and shake it well. Use 2 to 3 tbsp per load.

Tips and warnings

  • Fill your rinse agent dispenser with vinegar for an alternative to store-bought rinsing agents.

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