DIY Dish Detergent

   I’m saving money people! A few months ago I made homemade laundry soap {You can find that recipe & review HERE} & now I have made my own DIY dish detergent & I’m in love! This recipe is even easier than the DIY laundry soap, I was even hesitant on writing a whole blog post because it’s that easy…

It’s as easy as…


Borax- Found in laundry aisle {I used one box: 4lbs 12oz}
Super washing Soda- Not baking soda. Also found in laundry aisle
Lemi-shine- Found in dish detergent aisle {For hard water stains & build up}
Salt- You can use epsom salt. I used regular & it works great.

   Mix all the ingredients together in a container. I used the entire container or borax, super washing soda, & lemi-shine. I then mixed in about 1 cup of salt. I got a one gallon mason jar from Target. It makes me smile & it looks great sitting out on our kitchen counter by the dishwasher. You can make this in smaller batches, but I didn’t want to do any measuring, so I literally just mixed everything together in the large mason jar. You can find other great containers at Walmart, Target, or even the dollar store. You only have to use 1 tbsp. per load, I have been using about 2 tbsp. per load, but you can play around with your own dishwasher to see what works for you.

   The total cost of the ingredients was about $10 { I threw away the receipt, of course, so I do not have the exact total} You only need to use one tbsp. per load.. this stuff will last us for a year… that is saving some serious cash! Now imagine the money you will save if you make this & the DIY laundry detergent… Does that excite you as much as it excites me?! haha I may have an addiction to DIY household cleaners.

   My dishes have been cleaner with significantly less annoying water spots that make your clean dishes look gross. I am so happy that I made this dish soap & discovered that you don’t have to spend a thousand dollars a year on dish detergent to get clean dishes. Have you made your own dish soap before? Was your recipe similar? I would love to hear your thoughts, tips, tricks, and any other thing you feel like sharing. Comment below or share it on the facebook page {here}. Have a great day! Ps. you can find those lovely painted spoons in my Etsy shop {here}.

Talk to you soon…
Liz Marie

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  1. So, How much of each do you need to mix together to make this?

    • I used the entire box of borax, super washing soda, & lemi-shine. I mixed in 1 cup of salt & that was that.. no measuring because I had a big enough container.

  2. I have seen tutorials/recipes for this sort of thing before but the $10 price tag is VERY convincing!!

  3. I love the recipe. I think I will be using it from now on (: Thanks Liz!!

  4. We have some SERIOUS hard water issues here…. So I am certainly going to give this is a try. I hope I can find all the ingredients. I will have to let you know how it turns out… I actually have that same Big Mason Jar.. So you know what’s going to go inside of it.. :) :)
    Thank you for sharing,

    • You are so welcome Angelina!! That is awesome that you have the same mason jar.. It’s great for this DIY Detergent. I hope this helps your hard water problems! I know how annoying it can be… this has worked great for me so far!

  5. What is the purpose of the salt? I have the exact recipe minus the salt that I am waiting to try (literally, I have everything except my container for the detergant), so I’m wondering if I should add it or not. I have a bulk box of sea salt – does it need to be regular table salt? Sorry about all of the questions!

    • Hi Nicole! The salt is not absolutely necessary. The purpose of the salt is to help soften the hard water, minimizing water spots, and as a scrubbing agent for dirty dishes. It can be substituted with kosher salt or epsom salt. Hope this helps!! & enjoy your DIY dish detergent!!

  6. I am so excited to try this!!!Thank u!

  7. Is the Lemi-Shine non-toxic, sulphate free, etc? I couldn’t find it in my local Walmart but I want to make sure it’s not chemical-y before I go on a hunt for it other places. Thanks!

    • The Lemi-shine is basically concentrated citric acid. It doesn’t say it’s non-toxic, but it’s just made with fruit acids and fruit oils. It doesn’t have any scary warnings on the label, which is a good sign! I’ve been using it for a while and can’t wait to try it in this recipe.

  8. Hi Laura!! Here is a quote from their website ” Lemi Shine Original is an all natural dishwasher detergent additive that is made of all natural fruit oils and acids. It contains no phosphates or harsh chemicals.” I hope that helps you! and here is the website for more info… Great question! & on their website they also have a store locator so you can find one near you.

  9. Love this! I think I’ll make a trip to the store to get ingredients for this, your DIY laundry soap, plus I found a DIY fabric softener recipe that cost .01 a load!

  10. Ashlee Wells says:

    Hi Liz! We have soft water in our house and it goes to the dishwasher as well. Does that mean that I can leave out the salt? I’ve never made a household cleaner before but I really want to try this!

    • Hi Ashlee! You can leave out the salt or keep it to just make everything extra clean It will not hurt you either way. The salt just adds an extra cleaning boost that can be used in soft or hard water. I hope this helps!

  11. Jennifer L says:

    I am so excited to try this! Going out tonight to get the Ingredients!!! I have been using your Laundry Soap and LOVE IT!!!! Thank you so much for this!!

  12. Regena Fickes says:

    Thank you so much for this. I will be making these purchases payday.

  13. I have a silly question. What did you use to mix the ingredients did you just shake the jar with the lid on?

  14. I have a quick question….is this to be used in the dishwasher or can I use it in the sink with water?

  15. Candice C Ogg says:

    I’ve Have been making my own laundry detergent and thinking about trying dish detergent next. Now I know I have to. I bookemarked your post thankyou so much.

  16. Great idea. I would so do this but I don’t have a dishwasher. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

  17. I’m new to your blog as in…just found you 5 min. ago! I know this is about the dish soap…but I’m in love with those wooden spoons! Did you make them?

  18. This is fabulous! I am going to make this for sure!!! You displayed it beautifully! Thanks for bringing your great dyi to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  19. I have GOT to try this! I spend so much on this stuff. With a large family, we go through so much dish detergent. Thanks for sharing at Gettin’ Krafty!

  20. I want to try this! Our water is incredibly hard, even with our water softener! I’m looking forward to seeing how much better my dishes come out AND how much money I can save.

  21. I used this recipe but used upsom salt intead of table salt. It works great on the glass but leaves a film behind on the plastics. Any suggesitons for this? I’ve tried adding more lemishine to my wash and adding vinegar as a rinse agent. I’m all out of thoughts to try, any would be appreciated. :)

  22. I tried your detergent soap and I am definitely going to try this one. Thank you so much for this. I love saving money:)

  23. Do you have any tricks for keeping the mixture a powder? My hardens to a solid mass, even sealed in the mason jar. It still works, but I have to chop away at it to break it up. I saw on one site to add rice, but that didn’t work for me. Any ideas?

  24. Has anyone used this for awhile now to give a user update? I really want to try it, but am nervous. The last time I made a dishwasher concoction, NOT THIS recipe, everything got such a thick film I had to scrub each and every item by hand with a scrubby brush and dawn to get it off. Some items had to be done twice. I need to save some $$ and want to try again, just cautious.

  25. Has there been any issues with clumping? Everywhere else I’ve read when involving citric acid clumping has been something to counter with other agents. Looking at doing this and my own laundry detergent soon.

    Thank you for the great sight!

  26. Is this safe for dishwashers with stainless steel on the inside? I’d also like to try this, but would like to know how it stands up over time. Are you still happy with it after a few months of use? BTW, I LOVE your blog. I found you a couple years ago now, and I find it absolutely delightful :)

  27. Alex Leclerq says:

    Cool idea to save money. I’ve had it with paying for phosphate dishwasher detergent from the store

  28. I’m pretty upset that I can not find the Washing Soda anywhere near me and Amazon wants over $10.00 for it.
    Any suggestions?

  29. Jackie on september 7th!! That happen to me also! Mine is hard as a rock;( i came on too see if anyone else was having the same problem!! What do i do??? Its hard in mason jar! And my left over is in a ziploc and hard too;(! I use laundry soap and love it! Help!!!

  30. I use a similar mix. For a while I was using the gel-pack type cleaner but the melting plastic covers ruined my dishwasher. I kept the container though. Now I take a two gallon zippy bag, put in two cups of Borax, two cups of Super Washing Soda and one cup of baking soda. Shake it all up, put it in the plastic container that I saved from the gel packs and put a two tablespoon scoop in there. It is always dry and have very few problems with clumping. Super Washing Soda and Borax will absorb moisture and get hard in the box just sitting around so they contstantly have to be broken up anyway. So just be aware of that. If you add any moisture into it, I’m sure it will clump worse.

    • I LOVE epsom salts and have no problem with the idea of adding it in either! On a septic system I’d be leary of using regular salt.

  31. Great recipes.. esp love the laundry one.. used it for a year now.

    Also wanted to say.. I bought an off brand of ‘oxyClean’ at k-mart , bonus : it contains SIX pounds !
    SO I use it sometimes as an addition to whites :-)
    just a little FYI .

  32. I was wondering we don’t have a dishwasher can you use that if you wash dishes by hand? Also we have an efficiency washer that you can only use laundry soap that is for high efficiency washers will that laundry soap work? If not any ideas on how I can make dish soap and laundry soap for my circumstances.

  33. Great info! I keep my Borax and Washing Soda (boxes) that I use for laundry in 1 1/2 gal zip loc bags to keep them from clumping. One suggestion is use a wad of cotton. Just sit it in the top of the container to absorb moisture (think of an aspirin bottle). Or, you may want to start collecting those little moisture absorbers found in new shoe boxes for shipping and try one or two of those. Both Borax and Washing Soda absorb moisture so I would limit the exposure to air as much as possible. I will definitely try this mix! It sounds great and I have used Lemi Shine before. Clear white vinegar is a great exchange for a rinse aid too!

  34. You know, Borax is toxic. I’d rather not ingest something that kills cockroaches.

  35. I love you blog! Thanks for posting this!

  36. Ok Landshark says:

    I use the same recipe and LOVE it! I use equal parts borax & washing soda with a good bit of salt. I’m limited on space, so I mix them in a Mason jar but toss in a couple of the dry-gel packs that come in shoes, purses, etc. Keeps the mix from clumping. I also use vinegars in the jet-Dry reservoir. My dishes look & feel 10 times better than they did with expensive dishwasher detergent!

  37. This website really has all the information and facts I needed about this
    subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  38. Hi,
    I use these ingredients and I’m using what seemed to be an air tight container. Mine is turning hard, almost solid and it’s hard to get any out. Do you know why this is happening? What to do to prevent it?

  39. Hi,
    I bought the super washing soda, however it got hard in the box. I tried to break it up but it is like a rock.
    Is there a way to soften the super washing soda so I can use it?
    Thanks, I do not understand why it got so hard.

  40. I have been using a recipe similar to this: but I have tried them all!
    I use Borax, Washing Soda, Kosher salt and Lemonade packets instead of Lemi-shine. I have such hard water it just wasn’t cutting it. I thought I could answer a few questions.
    1. When you first make you dishwasher soap, try mixing it together in a bowl and let it sit out for a few days where you can stir it. Then put it in the container. That helps to make sure there is not moisture or too much moisture in the mix so it will not harden. I also have the silicone packs in my jar I keep the moisture out. Try not to reach in your jar with a wet hand either, or you will for sure have a rock hard issue!
    As for smaller portions: equal parts Borax, Washing soda and Lemi-shine and half the salt.
    1 cup Borax
    1 cup Washing Soda
    1 cup Lemi-shine (I use 5 packets Great Value Lemonade)
    1/2 kosher salt or Epsom salt

    Hope this helped!

  41. Hi! I’ve been following your blog for some time
    now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you
    a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to
    tell you keep up the good job!

  42. Where did you find the cute spoons? Or did you paint and decal them yourself?

  43. I got this site from my friend who informed me concerning this website and at
    the moment this time I am visiting this web site and reading very informative content at this place.

  44. This is for dishwasher – could you use it for regular dish washing by hand?

  45. Hello! I made this a few days ago and so far when I used it I have noticed it leaves white residue on my dishes. Any ideas why? I was really excited to use it but I don’t want to keep rewashing the dishes. :( Any opinions would be great! Thank you! Xoxo


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