DIY Natural Dishwashing Detergent – Recipe Index

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If you are new to making your own natural cleaning supplies, this can be a tough one. Everyone has different dishwashers, quality of water, and a number of other factors that can make creating your own natural dishwashing detergent difficult. For that reason, this list is even more useful. When I started out, I would have loved options to try. If one doesn’t work for you, try the next on the list. It is a learning process, but before you know it, you will be saving money and using safer products in your home.


Today I want to share with you a list of natural dishwashing detergent recipes that I have found over months of searching for the “perfect one.” While I will have the recipe I personally use below, I have learned that there really is no “perfect” natural dishwashing detergent for everyone.

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, on a recipe index for all purpose cleaners, there are many reasons why a list is helpful. You can check it out here.


So, after scouring the web, here are 5 of the best natural dishwashing detergent recipes I have found.

1 Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwashing Detergent – Bren Did

I love the lemony smell of this recipe (using real lemons!), and that it only has 3 ingredients and it is liquid. Most of the ones I have found are powder. It is a little time intensive compared to some of the others though, so try it out and find the one that works best for you.

2 Homemade Natural Dishwashing Detergent – Wellness Mama

This recipe is the one that most closely matches what I use (see recipe below). It is simple, easy to make, and easy to make a LOT of it at once. I love being efficient and saving money! But, with any of these, make sure they work well for you before making in bulk.

3 Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Recipe – Happy Money Saver

This one is interesting for several reasons. The individual packets are so convenient, but cost more money. With this recipe, you can leave it in powder form or make it into tablets (really easily!). It also uses lemonade packets for the scent, but you could always substitute essential oils. And at just $0.03 per tab it saves a lot of money.

4 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax) – Real Food RN

Some have concerns about borax, especially cleaning something we eat off of, so this recipe has cut it out. It uses something called Lemi Shine, which she links to, but it is basically fancy citric acid. It is a simple, cheap recipe, so try it out, especially if you aren’t a fan of borax.

5 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs (Borax Free!) – Pins and Procrastination

So this one is great for a lot of reasons. It makes the handy tabs, it is cost effective, and it is also borax free. The downside is that this recipe has the most ingredients of the others, but it is mostly things you would likely have on hand.

You can tell these use a lot of the same ingredients, and some of them are very similar. I really think it is more art than science and you have to just find out what works best for you. 

Here is the one recipe I use on a regular basis.

DIY Natural Dishwashing Detergent
An easy, safe dishwashing detergent you can make and save money!
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  1. 1 cup borax
  2. 1 cup washing soda
  3. 2/3 cup citric acid
  4. 1/2 cup salt
  5. 20 drops of essential oils (optional)
  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass container if using essential oils. Any airtight container will work if not.
  2. Use approximately one tablespoon per dishwashing load.
  1. I use Citrus Bliss or a lemon/orange combination and it smells great! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your container.
Adapted from Wellness Mama
Adapted from Wellness Mama

What I use when I don’t have time to make my own:

And sometimes, when life gets too hectic to make your own cleaning supplies, just check out the GoodGuide or EWG and find a cleaner that works for your budget and comfort level with the ingredients. The commercial dishwashing detergent I use occasionally is 7th Generation Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Packs, Free & Clear, which received the score of “A” from the EWG and a “10” from the GoodGuide.

Have you tried a dishwashing detergent recipe that you love? Please share!


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