We do a lot of dishes at my house so it’s obviously a big part of my life. Why can’t I just be happy with the great recipes we already use for dishes very successfully? Why a new dish detergent recipe when there are bigger issues in this world? Truth be told, I have many reasons why this Dishwasher Powder Detergent could be just what you were looking for all along.
How to tell if this Dishwasher Powder Detergent might be a good fit for you:
- Sometimes you don’t want to wait for the Dishwasher Detergent Tabs to dry before using them.
- You don’t have the right sized mold to make the tabs fit into their dishwasher.
- You love our Homemade Dish Liquid, but you don’t want to do all my dishes by hand.
That’s why we decided to post this recipe for you. It has all the same ingredients as our Dishwasher Detergent Tabs, but you don’t have to use a mold and wait for the mixture to dry. Just scoop the powder detergent into your detergent compartment in your dishwasher and turn it on.
Directions & Notes for Dishwasher Powder Detergent Recipe:
- Use 1 tablespoon of detergent per load. Add 1/2 cup vinegar into the rinsing agent area before starting.
Everybody’s water source is different. If you find that you have a film or coating on your dishes after a wash, then try substituting 1/3 cup of the Washing Soda with Citric Acid.
I don’t have issues with this where I live, but I’ve read that this can help with the issue. You can usually buy a small container of citric acid in the canning section of your grocery or big box store.
If you find that you like the citric acid addition then the link above is a much cheaper alternative to the small jar in the grocery aisle.
If you like this recipe, then you might want to share it with your friends and family. This is one of the great recipes featured in our Kitchen and Laundry Cleaning Make and Take Party Pack. Check out all the details here!
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Dishwasher Powder Detergent
- 1 2/3 cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1/3 cup salt
- 32 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- pint jar
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Stir to combine.
- Store in a jar in a dark, cool place to preserve essential oil potency.
- Makes 1 pint, 32 uses.
- To use: Add 1 tablespoon to the dishwasher. Add 1/2 cup vinegar into the rinsing agent area before starting. Run as normal.
- Note: If you have any buildup after washing your dishes, try substituting 1/3 cup of the washing soda with citric acid.