DIY Dishwasher Tablets Give You Clean Dishes for Only Pennies!

Last Updated on April 15, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

Want to learn how to make your own DIY dishwasher tablets? It will save money! These dishwasher pods are easy to make and they get your dishes clean on a budget. This dishwasher tablets DIY recipe is an easy kitchen hack hack to naturally clean your dishes!  

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How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Tablets

Cheap Kitchen Hacks Save Money!

I am not usually known for my frugal grocery shopping skills.  I have a tendency to zip through the store way too fast, throwing an assortment of random things in the cart.  Since I tend to buy a lot of organic, natural, and fresh products, my grocery bill is usually staggering.  Occasionally I glance at the price of something and am floored at how much it costs. 

These DIY Dishwasher Tablets are incredibly easy to make and cost only pennies per tablet. I decided to try making a batch so I could stop bringing home that ridiculously expensive all natural stuff I was buying! Once you are done making your own dishwasher tablets, try cleaning the dishwasher and see how sparkly your dishes turn out!

Easy Dishwasher Tablet DIY

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

The hardest part about these DIY dishwasher tabs is finding the two main ingredients.  I found the Washing Soda and the Borax at Krogers but we have a fairly large grocery store.  You can use my affiliate links for Borax on Amazon and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda on Amazon if you are having trouble finding them.  Everything else in this easy DIY cleaning recipe is fairly simple to find.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets ingredients

Making Your Dishwasher Detergent Cubes Smell Good


While searching for DIY dishwasher tabs I noticed that some used citrus (orange or lemon) and some used essential oils.  Since I had lemons in the house, that is what I chose to use. You can play around with the recipe if you prefer a different scent.

Easy DIY Cleaning Recipes - DIY Dishwasher Tablets

When you are going to place these homemade dishwasher tablets into molds, I highly recommend that you use silicone molds.  They are much easier to get the tablets out of once they are hardened (which will take a few hours).  You can buy silicone molds on Amazon and they are incredibly easy to clean. I used silicone mini muffin molds and they were just the right size.

How to Make DIY Dishwasher Tablets


Is it easy to make homemade dishwasher tablets?

Overall, I thought these DIY dishwasher tablets were incredibly easy to make and I love that I can now cross off the $5 bottle of all natural dish-washing detergent from my grocery shopping list.  Since we run the dishwasher every night, this easy DIY cleaning recipe will save a decent amount of money. 

Let me know if you have ever tried a recipe similar to this, especially if you add essential oils to it.  I would love to know how they turn out! Check out for more cleaning hacks to save you money. 

Easy Homemade Dishwasher Tablet DIY

DIY Dishwasher Tabs: Clean Dishes for Only Pennies

Make your own DIY dishwasher cleaner to save money.  Simple to make, these homemade dish cubes smell good and get grease and grime off your dishes.  


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DIY Dishwasher Tablets Give You Clean Dishes for Only Pennies!

How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Tablets

This DIY dishwasher tablets recipe takes only minutes to make and will save you a ton of money while you clean your dishes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • 1 C Borax
  • 1 C Washing Soda
  • 1/4 C Epsom or Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 C Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C Distilled White Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • Juice and Zest from 1 lemon


  • Silicon muffin pan
  • large bowl
  • wooden spoon


  1. In a large bowl, combine the Borax, washing soda, salt and baking soda
  2. Zest the lemon into the bowl
  3. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, water and vinegar
  4. Slowly pour the liquids over the dry ingredients (it will fizz!) and stir with wooden spoon until combined.
  5. When mixture is thoroughly mixed, spoon into silicone mini muffin container. You want the mixture to be level with the top of the mold and press down firmly but gently.
  6. Let dry several hours or overnight
  7. Remove from mold and let air dry if they are still damp
  8. Place the DIY dishwasher tablets in a sealed glass jar
  9. To use, place one homemade dishwasher tab into the proper spot of your dishwasher and run on a normal cycle.

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DIY Dishwasher Tablets Give You Clean Dishes for Only Pennies!


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  1. I love the idea of a homemade dishwasher tablet! So many of the dishwasher detergents are rather scary to have around with kids. This is a much better option!
  2. Oh I definitely have to try these! I've seen the homemade detergent recipe before, but I love that these are tablets.
  3. This would be fun to make with the kids!
  4. This would be a tad more convincing if you compared them against leading brands. Looking at the ingredients (yet another of the tiring vinegar and bicarb variety) my guess is they do little more than foam the water.
    • whether they just foam the water or not, my dishes are sparkly clean and I saved a ton of money in only a few minutes worth of work. That, to me, is a win.
  5. You know what's not good for dishwashers? When your kids wash their crayons in them. Ugh! I need to clean it with these.
  6. I've never thought of making my own dishwasher soap. This sounds easy and I think I can easily find Borax here. I would love to try this.
  7. I've tried making my own before and I always end up with a white film on my dishes. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
    • I am not sure...These didnt leave any film on my dishes and the entire tablet dissolved in a 'normal' wash run
    • AnotherShannon says
      You might try using a little Lemishine booster, either directly in the dishwasher or in the tabs the next time you make them. We have hard water and Lemishine (which is basically just citric acid crystals) is the only thing that takes away the white film.
  8. I have to try these dishwasher tabs! This is so cool and cheap! Thanks for sharing
  9. What a great recipe! I'm gonna put the ingredients on my list and give it a try right away. Thanks for sharing!
  10. I made these, with the mixture level with the top of the silicon mini muffin mould, and the were too high to fit into the dishwasher tablet dispenser. So I needed to shave them down. Still, they worked really well. Next time I'll fill the mini muffin moulds 3/4 full.
  11. I can’t find distilled vinegar. Can I use just white vinegar?

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