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Making your own dish washer soap is so darn easy!  I've tried it before but it always clumped up and dried out, hard as a rock.  So, the last time I was making bath bombs, a light bulb went off! Let's go with it!  Instead of trying to keep the homemade dish soap powdery, I decided to encourage the hardening up!  And it works great!

After a few experiments with various recipes, I do believe I've stumbled upon an environmentally friendly cleaning product that is effect, cost efficient, and good for your household.

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Makes about 36 dish washer soap tablets with my mold.

Dish Washer Soap

Homemade dish washer soap tablets


Dish Washer Soap > Homemade Cleaning Products


  • Borax-aside from the wonder of cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting…it also is non-toxic and safe for the environment. It softens the water so your detergent can work more efficiently.
  • Washing Soda-is a stain remover and is effective in dissolving grease. Since it is a close cousin to the famous baking soda, this is an amazing addition to frugal living.
  • Citric Acid-is imperative to eliminate the cloudy film that sometimes comes with homemade cleaning products.  If your water is extraordinarily hard, add a little more citric acid, play around with the recipe until you get the right ration!  (You can also use unsweetened kool-aid lemonaid.  This will add a nice lemony scent but can possibly stain your dishwasher.)
  • Sea Salt-some recipes call for kosher salt, as it adds a great scrubbing action to your dish washer soap.  I opted to use regular sea salt because I didn't want it to be too abrasive.  The salt I used works great for me!
  • White Vinegar -Adding a little white distilled vinegar will add to the water softening as well as eliminating spots.  Just add it to the "Jet Dry" compartment of your dishwasher.

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Ingredients that you'll need:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • Spray bottle with water & essential oils if desired
  • Small molds.  I used a miniature brownie mold, an ice tray will also work well.

You can buy the ingredients here to make things easier!

borax              citric acid           essential oils


The directions are pretty, darn easy for this one!  


  • Just mix all of the dry ingredients together completely.  If you have sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves as the washing soda is strong for some.  Me...my hands are used to all kinds of kitchen experiments!
  • Now slowly squirt the mixture, a little at a time, until it slightly clumps together.  You don't want it too wet, just enough to pack it down well.


  • Here is my Wilton brownie mold. This sized recipe made about a pan and a half.



  • These were finished and ready to pop out after about half an hour.  Then I laid them on wax paper to finish hardening.
Homemade Dishwasher Tablet Soaps


  • Voila!  You've just made homemade dish soap!  These little pretties are finished and ready to use!  If this size is too large for your dispenser, just crumble it up a little. 
  • Don't forget to add the vinegar to the rinse dispenser!




Homemade Dish Soap

Ingredients that you'll need

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup kosher salt

The directions are pretty, darn easy for this one!  

  • Just mix all of the dry ingredients together completely.  If you have sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves as the washing soda is strong for some.  Me...my hands are used to all kinds of kitchen experiments!
  • Now slowly squirt the mixture, a little at a time, until it slightly clumps together.  You don't want it too wet, just enough to pack it down well.
  • I used my Wilton brownie mold. This sized recipe made about a pan and a half.
  • These were finished and ready to pop out after about half an hour.  Then I laid them on wax paper to finish hardening.
  • Voila!  These are finished and ready to use!  If this size is too large for your dispenser, just crumble it up a little. 
  • Don't forget to add the vinegar to the rinse dispenser!


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