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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Clark.com for more cleaning hacks to save you money.
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.
- 1 C Borax
- 1 C Washing Soda
- ¼ C Epsom or Kosher Salt
- ⅓ C Baking Soda
- ½ C Distilled White Vinegar
- 3 tbsp Water
- Juice and Zest from 1 lemon
- Silicon muffin pan
- large bowl
- wooden spoon
- In a large bowl, combine the Borax, washing soda, salt and baking soda
- Zest the lemon into the bowl
- In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, water and vinegar
- Slowly pour the liquids over the dry ingredients (it will fizz!) and stir with wooden spoon until combined.
- 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.
- Let dry several hours or overnight
- Remove from mold and let air dry if they are still damp
- Place the DIY dishwasher tablets in a sealed glass jar
- To use, place one homemade dishwasher tab into the proper spot of your dishwasher and run on a normal cycle.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.