Homemade Natural Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Natural Liquid Dishwasher Detergent


It has been long while since I’ve shared some DIY natural cleaning recipes. Like to long. At our house we don’t buy any cleaners. Ok so I take that back… when we first moved into our new house, 9 months ago, we did buy bathroom cleaner for deep cleaning. We learned three things: it sucked and totally didn’t work, the chemicals were awful (you literally couldn’t breath), and it gave me the worst allergy attack. Lessoned learned!  99.9% of the time we exclusively use homemade products. They are so much cheaper, work great, and you can feel good about what your putting in and around your house.

This recipe includes 4 simple ingredients: castile soap, water, washing soda, and lavender essential oil. Can’t get much easier then that! This recipe works great and the lavender acts as an antibacterial to help sanitize.

Notes: To get extra sparkly  dishes use vinegar as a rinse aid. Everyone has slightly different water and may get different results. So if your dishes are becoming cloudy then add a small squirt of natural dish soap to the dishwasher detergent in the detergent compartment.

Homemade Natural Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

All natural liquid dishwasher detergent that is super easy to make and works great.
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Author: Amy K



  • Mix hot water and washing soda until dissolved. Add in castile soap and lavender essential oil and allow to sit overnight to thicken (it should become very thick). Store in an easy to squeeze bottle or a mason jar.


To use: Shake liquid dishwasher detergent before each use. Add 1-1.5 Tbs of detergent to dishwasher in proper compartment. For super sparkly dishes add vinegar as a rinse agent. As stated before, everyone has different water so if your dishes are coming out cloudy, add a squirt of natural dish soap to the dishwasher detergent in the dishwasher detergent compartment.
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Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent- all natural

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  1. I am assuming the Lavender Oil is mostly for scent, and something else could be used instead? I have Peppermint Dr. Broners, so I’m thinking I’d prefer to use Peppermint and/or Tea Tree (for an extra cleaning boost) instead…

    1. I use 10 drops of lemon and 5 drops of grapefruit essential oils in mine (but for smaller batch for hand washing since I don’t have a dishwasher) and it has the most wonderful “clean” scent to it. Added benefit I think is that the lemon adds a sparkle to the cleaned dishes.

    2. Mine didn’t thicken at all overnight. What could I have done wrong?

      Was it because I measured the water when cold then heated it up?

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