DIY Natural Dish Washer Detergent

DIY Natural Dish Washer Detergent

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Have you ever had one of those moments where something happened by accident and you say,

“Oh, I totally meant to do that. Sure I knew what I was doing.”

Yes, well this happened to me the other night when I ran out of my ecoStore USA dish washing detergent and the dishwasher was packed to full capacity. For a spit second I considered taking the dishes out and hand washing them but then I realized that was silly, I would make my own dish washing detergent.

How hard could it be?


I had no idea what I was doing but I had Borax, baking soda and vinegar so why not use these ingredients and hope for the best?  I knew that Borax and baking soda were natural cleaners, disinfectants and mild abrasives that with the blasting hot water would have to work!

Here is the method to my green madness:

1Tablespoon of Borax

1 Tablespoon of baking soda

1 Tablespoon of vinegar

I added the Borax and baking soda together into the wash compartment. I put the vinegar in the rinse agent compartment and said the following spell…

“Clean my dishes because I just painted my nails and will give you a big wet kiss if you do verses crying and kicking and screaming. A dishwasher loves a happy mama! Save me some water and time! Abracadabra!”

Minus the spell (that is just corny) I shut the dishwasher and hoped for the best! The next morning it worked like a charm and the dishes sparkled! Phew!

So now I can make my own dish washing detergent for just pennies a day and I not have to worry about chemicals, harmful phosphates and best of all it works! I also found these recipes from Frugally Green and Planet Green! How frugal, simple and it feels good to make my own dish washing detergent and say I did it!

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Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.


  • This is awesome! Need to grab some borax, I'm notorious for running out of dish soap!

  • Oh, I love this!! So easy and CHEAP….and I've had those times when the dishwasher was full, but I was out of the detergent.

  • I may have to try this when I use up my 7th Gen. How does it do on glasses? We have SUPER hard water.

  • Anonymous

    And you can drown in water. You can kill slugs with salt. Does that mean they’re not green? Green refers to the origin, not the purpose. 

    I came here looking for a recipe/instructions that will do a better job (currently using the borax/washing soda/citric acid/salt formula with not always perfect success). 

  • Meredith Beck

    Can you use apple cider vinegar as a substitute?