The homemade dishwasher detergent became a part of my repertoire as an emergency substitute to the all natural tabs that I was using. The brand that I like is only carried at one store on the other side of town, making it difficult to replenish my supply when I'm not paying attention to the number of tabs in the bag. One of these occasions happened on a day when I had a sink full of dishes and company on their way in a matter of hours. I had seen homemade dishwasher soap recipe on Pinterest.com and having all of the components (who doesn't keep borax and citric acid on hand?!) around decided to give it a try. I was impressed. The recipe worked like a charm and saved the day!
As great as this new discovery was, however, I haven't been using it exclusively because I really like the convenience of the tabs. So, when I found myself out of dishwasher tabs again the other day, and didn't want to leave the house, I went back to my computer and scoured the internet for a recipe for the tabs...I found nothing. It didn't make sense, there are recipes for bath fizzies and homemade tabs of all sorts, but not for dishwasher detergent?! So to my kitchen I went. Armed with my box of borax, washing soda, citric acid, and salt. I was determined to find the solution to my dirty dish dilemma. And here it is...at long last the results of my experiments that day...Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs
This recipe yields 48 tabs for under $2
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda (baking soda works in a pinch)
1 cup Kosher salt
1/4 cup citric acid
10 - 15 drops essential oil, such as lemon, grapefruit or lavender (whatever is your favorite)
approximately 1/2 cup water
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the water a little at a time, until the mixture is moist and clumps together. Be careful not to add too much or the dry ingredients will dissolve. Pack the dishwasher soap into ice cube trays and allow to dry for 2 hours. Place in a nice jar and pop one in the dishwasher for each load!