Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – Easy and CHEAP!

Posted by on July 18, 2013




It’s 11 o’clock at night and I’m getting ready to go out of town the next day. I have a dishwasher full of dirty dishes. I reach into the box to get out a dishwasher tab, and it’s empty! Yep, this happened to me this week. I got on the internet in search for an easy dishwasher detergent recipe that did not require borax (don’t have any), and I found it!!!


My dishes came out sparkling clean, no film. I’ve used this formula 3 times now and LOVE it! It’s exactly what I was looking for, and it costs pennies to make! Let me know what you think:



1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup liquid dish soap (I used Dawn – it’s concentrated, so I used 1/8 cup)
2 tablespoons pure lemon juice
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon washing soda (I used baking soda – didn’t have washing soda or check out this recipe to make homemade washing soda by baking baking soda!)


Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Mix until everything has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into glass container. Shake before using. Fill dishwasher compartment and pour white vinegar into rinse compartment.

NOTE: If you use baking soda, it will react with the vinegar and create a lot of foam. Use a large pot to heat ingredients. Once you take the mixture off of the stove the foam will go down.


I have to say it’s super easy to make, and it works great! It is a little liquidy compared to what I’m use to, but it really doesn’t matter. I hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s definitely my go to recipe now.



Recipe adapted from LavinasHealthyHome

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