How To Make Your Own Frugal Dishwasher Powder

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Homemade Dishwasher PowderWell, my homemade laundry soap was so popular that I thought I’d let y’all in on my homemade dishwasher powder.  It’s actually even easier to make than the laundry powder. And that’s sayin something! 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own dishwasher powder:

  • 1 cup Borax (find it here)
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (find it here)
  • ¼ cup Citric Acid (find it here)
  • Essential oil for fragrance, optional
  • Sea salt, optional if you have hard water

Measure it out. Mix it all up. Put it in a air tight container, like, oh I don’t know, maybe a canning jar… 🙂

Use 1 tablespoon for each load. If you wash a lot of plastic, there can sometimes be a white residue on it. Which is kinda yucky. But putting white vinegar in the rinse aid thingy should cut that. If it still leaves a residue, add ¼ cup of sea salt. The kind of water you have determines whether or not you need to add salt. The harder the water, the more you need salt.

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Homemade Frugal Dishwasher Powder

Just as an aside, the phrase “hard water” always makes me giggle just a little. 🙂

If you want to add a smell good component to it, which I usually do, add it after the other ingredients are well mixed by sprinkling essential oils over the top and mixing well. I really like eucalyptus, but I know a lot of y’all like the citrus oils. Start with 10-12 drops and add more a drop at a time until it smells the way you want it to.

I haven’t figured out the math on this one yet, but I know it’s cheaper than the stuff I used to buy at the store and it’s better for the environment. So that’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned!

What essential oil would you use to smell up your dishwasher powder?



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5 comments on “How To Make Your Own Frugal Dishwasher Powder

    • Pam, I am really sorry, but I don’t know the answer to that. 🙁 I don’t have any real silver that I put in the dishwasher. I also don’t have aluminum cookware, but I’m guessing that the salt and/or vinegar might cause it to oxidize. Hopefully someone else will have the answers for you.

    • I have a knife that has an aluminum handle. I do not run it thru the dishwasher because it reacts to the chemicals in my homemade dishwasher tablets (which is something similar to this recipe). Sorry I don’t know the answer to your other question as I don’t have any real silver utensils.

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