DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Make your own homemade dishwasher detergent and save money in the process! It’s easy and only takes a few minutes to whip together a batch of DIY dishwasher detergent.


homemade dishwasher detergent


Spring is here and it’s got me focused on Spring cleaning. I just did a big overhaul on my kids playroom and now I’m ready to tackle the rest of the house. I love to make my own cleaning supplies (like my homemade laundry detergent) and I knew I could save money making my own DIY dishwasher detergent as well.

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.


Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Making your own dishwasher detergent may sound difficult but it is anything but! It is SO easy. You will need just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time! This recipe uses basic supplies that you likely have already including:

  • rubber gloves
  • measuring cup
  • mixing bowl
  • 32oz container with a lid (a glass jar works great!)

The ingredients in this easy dishwasher detergent recipe are also super basic and found in the aisles of your local big box store or supermarket. You’ll need:

  1. washing soda
  2. borax
  3. grapefruit essential oil

I use pure essential oils and don’t recommend using anything with “fragrance” in it. They should be “pure” 100% grapefruit essential oils.


Once you have the necessary supplies you just need to mix them together! It really only takes a few minutes and you’ll have enough detergent forr 32 loads of dishes.

Another great tip is to add vinegar to your rinse aid compartment. It will help your dishes dry without spots! It’s a cheap trick to get sparkly dishes.


Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

homemade dishwasher detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Sarah @ Must Have Mom
Save money by making your own homemade dishwasher detergent! Dishes, silverware and glassware come out shiny and clean thanks to this simple three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cleaner
Cuisine Don't eat!
Servings 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.

Follow this hack to clean cloudy glasses too! This trick is super popular! Before you know it you’ll have sparkly dishes without spending much for amazing results!


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.

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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. 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

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 😛

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