I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! We have been using homemade dishwasher and clothing detergents for almost two years now. We have tried various recipes for dishwasher detergents without loving the results, but saving us a lot of money. We stuck with it mostly because our grocery budget, which is quite small, has to include our cleaning and toiletries. I use to do a lot of couponing, but even then, the homemade stuff is cheaper. We also have a terrible dishwasher in our rental home which doesn’t help when the recipe is a little off.
I came across a recipe for a liquid detergent, but I didn’t like the results. It had baking soda in it, so everything had a filmy, chalky layer on it. Gross! My next thought was to use washing soda instead of baking soda. This resulted in a rock solid mass in the bottom of the bottle I was trying to shake up. We chipped a piece off and threw it in, and it seemed to work well. I had just come across a different recipe similar to one we had tried previously that used molds to make tablets. That’s when the idea hit me to use this recipe and let it harden in ice trays. The best of both worlds!
Here’s all the ingredients you need – 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice concentrate. All this stuff can be found at Walmart or grocery stores. It should cost you less than $10 for the supplies, but they will last you months and months and produce several batches of tablets. You’re going to save so much money!
Pour the washing soda and borax into a large measuring cup or bowl.
Use a spoon or whisk to break up any chunks in the powder.
Stir the vinegar and lemon juice into the dry ingredients.
Mix well making sure to get all the powder off the bottom.
It looks really pretty when you get done. Almost good enough to taste…but not really!
It will be easier if you are using a measuring cup or bowl with a pour spout.
Pour into ice cube molds.
Let them sit until they dry out – around an hour. They should look like this. You can touch them to see if they are solid.
Pop them out and let them dry about another half hour on some wax paper.
Store in a glass or plastic container that seals well. Use one per load. This recipe made 18 tablets in my ice trays.
We are so pleased with the results. Our plastic cups that had been filmy even with store bought tablets are clear and shiny now. The glasses are crystal clear. It’s like having a new dishwasher!