Purchasing dish-washing supplies can get expensive, especially when you consider the fact that dish detergent is a consumable product! One way you can save money is by making homemade dishwasher detergent. It is simpler and easier than you would probably think. Today, we are telling oyu how to make your own dish washing tablets. These dishwasher tablets are easy to make, easy to use, and they will save you a lot of money! You can even shop around for coupons to save even more money on the ingredients.
How to make homemade dishwasher detergent:
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Ingredients:
- 2 cups of Borax
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of Epsom or kosher salt
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
- 15 to 20 drops of lemon essential oil (these give the dishwasher tabs a nice fragrance!)
- 2 ice cube trays
- a large storage container
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Directions:
Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together the ingredients until they begin to clump together. Then, pack the mixture into your ice cube trays. Be sure to press down as hard as possible so the dishwasher tabs hold their shape. The tablets must stay in their tray for 24 hours to dry. They dry best when you place them in a warm, sunny location. After they have thoroughly dried out, you can carefully remove them from the trays and store them in a container with a lid.
To use the dishwasher tablets, just place them in the detergent compartment of your dishwasher as you would with a store bought detergent. If you have hard water, be sure to add 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher to prevent your dishes from becoming cloudy. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, you may not want to add the vinegar as it may alter the look and finish of the stainless steel.