I was very unsure if I would ever try this one. I am very picky about my dish detergents and I like them to come clean no matter how greasy after just one wash – who doesn’t.

Well, I finally decided to try it and see if I could make a permanent change.

WOW!!! I am completely using this for the rest of my life. In fact I am probably giving away the rest of my stash of detergent because I am not sure I will ever need it again. Once I make a homemade version that I like, I have a hard time using the brands bought at the store afterwards.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


1 Cup Super-Washing Soda                                       

1 Cup Borax

¼ Cup Kosher Salt  (I didn’t have Kosher salt so I used regular salt and this is working well. My Kosher salt is on the way from Amazon)                                                   

¼ Cup Citric Acid (or unflavored, uncolored, unsweetened Kool-Aid)

1-3 Drops dawn Dish Soap (NO MORE THEN 3 Drops)     

½-1 Cup Vinegar – White distilled  ( Optional)Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Mix all ingredients except Dawn Dish soap and vinegar.

Add 1-2 Tbs mixture to dishwasher dispenser. Add the 1-3 Drops dawn dish soap to the powder mix in dispenser.

Add Vinegar to the bottom of Dishwasher.  Start your machine as normal.

*Let mixture sit open on counter to dry out a little if mix is slightly moist.


**I like to cut corners when I can and since I know my family very well, I know they will forget the Dawn dish soap 1/2 the time, and the other 1/2 they will use WAY more than the 3 drops. So I decided to see if I could mix the dawn into the powder right away. YES you can!!! I measured out how many tablespoons are in a batch and then figured out how many drops of Dawn dish soap based on the tablespoons. (about 40 drops per batch) I placed 1/2 the batch into my blender and added the recommended drops for a full batch of detergent. Then I added the other 1/2 of the detergent and I started my blender. This worked out perfectly. I now have no worries about the Dawn dish soap being forgotten, or worse, over used. 

***Note: If you are adding the Dawn to the powder ahead of time, you will need to use a spoon to soften the mixture up a little bit.