Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dishwasher Soap Recipe

I don't know about you guys but I really, really, really do not like doing dishes. I'm sure it all stems from having to do it as I was growing up. The dreaded chore. I would rather clean my toilet than have to wash a load of dishes by hand. In fact, more often than not I will load the dishes in the dishwasher and leave any pots or pans for Chris to do. And, he does them. Willingly, without complaint. Kind of like having to fold his own socks, but that's a different story for a different post!

I have read so many homesteading blogs lately about people going back to hand washing their dishes. I put some thought into it, but there is just no way I can do it. This is the one thing I will draw a line! I love my dishwasher. It treats me well. I will use it! We are friends, forever.
I haven't ever taken note on how much dishwasher soap we use. I do about a load a day, so it can't be too much. But I do hate buying it. I knew in the back of my mind that there had to be a "homemade" way to supply my dishwasher with what it needs to clean my dishes for me. I searched the internet and found this recipe. I gave it a whirl last night and it worked perfectly. No water spots, no left over food. Clean, shiny dishes! So I thought I would pass it on to those of you who don't already make your own. Its way simpler to make your own than run to the market and buy a bottle of it when you run out! I made a small container of it to see how it worked. I plan on making a bigger amount so I don't have to worry about it for a long time!
So are you ready for the secret recipe? It's about as easy as they come!
Equal parts of Baking Soda and Borax. 2 Tablespoons per load.
Told ya! Easy, peasy! Seriously! Who needs to buy store bought soap when this is not only good to clean your dishes but cheap too! If you are like me you probably already had these things in your house.
Now, there is one more thing to add to this recipe. White Vinegar. This is what helps with the spots. Either put it in your little reservoir if you have one, or add it during your rinse cycle. I even read where someone just added it to the bottom of her dishwasher before starting it.
Do you make your own dishwasher soap? What is your favorite homemade, cleaning-house, can't live without recipe?


  1. Hey Bobbi,

    My Grandma taught me how to do this one this past summer. Hadn't thought of the Vinegar though.. I think it would work great in the little hole where you're suppose to put in the jet dry. ;-) I'm definitely gonna try it!


  2. Great post..
    I added your blog to my blog list.

  3. Tonya, thats exactly where I put my vinegar. LOL It worked beautifully!

    Thanks Jo! I will add you as well! :)

  4. Hey Bobbi, I have recently been using this. I used a recipe with salt in it and will not add salt next time. Other then that, I really like the soap :) I use castille soap instead of vinegar though :)

  5. Castille soap is a great idea too! Maybe I will try that with tonights load and see which one I like best.



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