homemade dishwasher detergent in a vintage teal mason jar with heart shaped tbs

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade dishwasher detergent is a simple, cheap, and effective way to clean dishes in the dishwasher.
Course diy
Keyword homemade dishwasher detergent
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Author Amy


  • 2 cups Borax I use this kind
  • 2 cups washing soda I use this kind
  • 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid or you can use citric acid


  • Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine :) or just an empty detergent box you have.


To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup). I found if you put a squirt of Dawn or some other brand in the main wash container it makes your dishes much more sparkly!