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Dish Duty

Our home has been undergoing a gradual overhaul of the products we use to clean. I did not transition everything at once as we wanted to use up what we had on hand as well as make sure the things we switched to worked to our liking. Sometimes you have to try something a little while to really have a sense of how well it works, if you like it and how it holds up.

Recently, I saw a recipe posted for making your own dishwasher soap.  I have seen others but questioned if it made sense to make it versus buying. When you transition a cleaner you need to look at the ingredients and shop around to make sure it is cost effective as well as natural. Sometimes people post things that aren’t exactly 100% natural and end up costing more than what you are currently using. Take your time and do your research.

We will be finishing off the box of Finish tabs we have under the cabinet and then making up some of these to try next.

Dishwasher Soap Recipe

1 cup baking soda 1/4 cup citric acid 1 tablespoon On Guard Cleaner Concentrate 5 drops Grapefruit essential oil Combine ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is an even consistency. It will create a foaming reaction and the mixture will expand. Let sit for a couple hours for the reaction to stop.

Little trick, pour liquids slowly into dry mix to control fizz.

Option 1 Tabs

Take the mixture and press into silicon molds and let dry for 4 hours. Store in an airtight container.

Option 2 Powder

Leave the mixture in the bowl to dry, stirring occasionally to keep it from drying in one big clump. Once completely dry, transfer to store in a glass jar.

Add 2 spoonfuls of the detergent powder to your dishwasher detergent compartment.


Since our young son is in charge of putting the soap in the dishwasher and starting it I made the mold version.

Interested in more?

If you would like to make your own dishwasher soap or are interested in transitioning other areas of your home to a natural cleaner using essential oils, please let me know. I’m happy to help you find the oils perfect for your needs.

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