Natural and Thrifty in 365: #258 Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

If you are looking for an alternative to your household cleaners check out this recipe for for homemade dishwasher detergent which includes a rinse agent.  This is a money-saving idea from natural ingredients.  You can buy the borax powder and citric acid at Mountain Rose Herbs if you don’t have a local source.

What other cleaner recipes do you love for your home?

Photo courtesy of Little Writer Momma.

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16 Comments:
  1. We’ve been using this recipe for several months and love it! The only problem, is that it clumps together and you kind of have to poke at it with a knife every couple of days…

  2. BETH!!! I didn’t realize you are writing here also, have you tried this recipe, I went through all of the comments and there were lots of different suggestions to tweak…. any personal experience with this? I would love to try it!

  3. I thought I’d heard you shouldn’t use borax on dishes….is this safe????

  4. I thought I’d heard you shouldn’t use borax on dishes….is this safe????

    • I heard this too- I was using a similar recipe a few years back and started noticing residue being left behind and found out it was the borax- that stuff is toxic if it’s ingested. So I switched it up and use a borax free recipe- with salt, citric acid and baking soda…..works great with no residue!!

  5. I have been making my own with a slightly different recipe for a few months. I use baking soda instead of salt and citric acid. I am happy with it, for the most part. sometimes the pans have to be scrubbed again. I will definately try vinegar for a rinse aid. Thanks for the tip!

  6. I have been making my own with a slightly different recipe for a few months. I use baking soda instead of salt and citric acid. I am happy with it, for the most part. sometimes the pans have to be scrubbed again. I will definately try vinegar for a rinse aid. Thanks for the tip!

  7. I’ve been using this recipe for several months now, except, I’ve been using 5 packets of unsweeted lemonade (kool-aid brand) instead of the citric acid. Where can you buy citric acid? I’ll have to compare the price :) My dishes have been BEAUTIFUL and this is a very cost effective recipe. I also put vinegar from time to time in the rinse aid.

    • I just bought citric acid at Walmart. It’s in the canning section.

  8. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I, for one, have been looking around for different alternatives to use as cleanser. I just might have to give this one a try. I know I already have a few of the ingredients. Just have to find a few more :D

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