DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipe + Easy Spring Cleaning Tips!

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Spring is here and it’s got me focused on Spring cleaning. I just did a big overhaul on my kids playroom (more on that in an upcoming post) and now I’m ready to tackle the rest of the house. I love to make my own cleaning supplies and in looking for Spring cleaning inspiration I found From the Pages of – hub at It’s a place where articles and ideas from my favorite magazines like, All You, Real Simple and Southern Living, converge in one easy to view place.

They give you access to great tips and ideas including this DIY Dishwasher Detergent, and then just for viewing and sharing these great tips you will also get a $1 off coupon for your favorite magazines! I found this automatic dishwasher detergent recipe in the “Whip up your own cleaning products” article from All You. It was quick and easy to make and saves me a bundle by not having to buy pricey detergent.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

  • Prep time: 4 min.
  • Total cost: $2.45
  • Makes: 32 oz. (enough for 32 loads)


  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • 32-oz. lidded plastic container


  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil


  • Put on gloves.
  • Add washing soda, borax and oil to bowl, stirring with your hands to mix and eliminate clumps.
  • Transfer powder to plastic container.
  • Use 2 Tbsp. detergent per wash.
  • You also can add 1 tsp. vinegar, if desired, to the rinse cycle to prevent spots on silverware and glasses.

Dishes, silverware and glassware come out shiny and clean thanks to this simple three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.

Another cleaning product that I’ve been making for years now is my DIY Laundry Soap. Get the recipe and start saving! It is possible to get clean clothes without spending a lot on fancy detergent. I use this in my HE washer and I’ve had great results with getting clean, fresh laundry despite the cheap price tag.

I also learned this great tip from their article: “Prepare only what you’ll use for six months, some formulas can start to lose efficacy past that point. Note: Cleaning solutions made with fresh lemon juice should be used or tossed within a day.” Great to know! Many DIY cleaning recipes I’ve seen use lemon juice and I wouldn’t have thought they would need to be used or tossed within a day!

I also loved the “6 Time Saving Cleaning Tricks” article which you can check out on the Walmart and Time Inc. hub page! Be sure to grab the $1 off coupon while you are there too!

What DIY Spring cleaning tips do you use?

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  1. Grapefruit is my favorite scent. I have not tried making my own detergent yet but if I can make it smell like grapefruit it will be worth it.

  2. Wow, really? This sounds incredible! I’ve always wanted to make my own products for cleaning, looks like I have the perfect recipe to try!

  3. sounds great and super frugal! I so need to try this! With 5 kids I am constantly washing clothes!

  4. have you ever heard of little ones reacting to the borax or washing soda? just started using and all of the sudden little one developing rash on skin…. did without essential oil first

    • It is certainly possible. My 4 year old has extremely sensitive skin and I haven’t had any issues with the borax or washing soda when washing his clothes. He has gotten a rash from many store bought detergents though. Every little one is different though and your kiddo could be sensitive to it. I know if I use any fabric softener my son breaks out in a rash all over.

  5. I have all these ingredients, I need to try this. Sure would save me a lot of money – thanks so much for the tip!!

  6. That is such a great idea to make your own dish washer detergent! I love the smell of grapefruit, so I bet that I would really like that!

  7. I have made my own laundry soap but not for the dishwasher. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  8. I had no idea you could make your own dishwasher detergent! I do make a lot of our cleaners but never thought of that.

  9. This is awesome. I definitely need to try this out.

  10. What a great way to save money! I have been meaning to start making a few of our cleaners, this just reminds me I need to get busy!

  11. Now that is awesome. And I love the smell of grapefruit so I am all about this!!!!!

  12. I have never thought of doing this… how cool. Thanks so much

  13. Great tip.. I’ve been wanting to make my own, just couldn’t find a good recipe.. LOVE this one, will try it. Thanks for sharing and if it turns out well for my family, I will let you know….

  14. I love the recipe and will use this. I did not know that about lemons. Thanks!

  15. I am loving using my essential oils in DIY cleaners. They make my house smell so good, plus they clean it naturally.

  16. We go through so much dishwasher detergent. Thanks for sharing how to make my own.

  17. What a great idea. I’ve never made my own detergent. I guess I’m just worried it won’t clean well. Must try this.

  18. My friends are all making their own dishwasher and washing machine soaps and loving it. I need to get with the program! I would love the smell of this one with the grapefruit oil.

  19. I will definitely try the dishwasher detergent recipe. I have not been happy with the way my dishes have been coming out. I like the grapefruit in there for both scent and cutting the grease.

  20. this is AWESOME. saves money and better for the earth. win!

  21. Hmmm, I make my own laundry soap, but I’ve never tried dish washer detergent! Definitely saving this recipe!

  22. I’ve always wanted to make my own but I haven’t found a good recipe! This one looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I have GOT to try the homemade dishwasher detergent. I’ve never thought to do that, but I want to try!

  24. I have always wanted to try to make my own laundry soap. It seems so easy and so affordable. I’m going to have to try it… sooner rather than later!

  25. What a great way to save money, I also like that you can get your soap smelling the way you like, too!

  26. This is such a great and helpful site. Thank you so much!

  27. Jake S. says:

    When I showed this to my wife she liked it a lot. I even got a kiss after I was kicked out of my laptop. 🙂 Thanks anyway 😛

  28. Great tip! I am going to do it. Is it possible instead of grapefruit essential oil to use lemon or orange. I don`t like grapefruit so much. Thank you for sharing your post. Greetings!

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