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How to Make Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

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We’ve been making our own Homemade Laundry Detergent for years, why not make homemade dishwasher detergent tabs as well? These are inexpensive, you simply make more when you need them, they help to remove harsh chemicals from your home and they are better for the planet. What’s not to love?

If you’ve made the Homemade Laundry Detergent, chances are you have all of the ingredients you’ll need. Try it, and let me know what you think!

How to Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

How to Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
  • Ice Cube Trays

This literally could not get any easier. First, you’ll want to add the washing soda, baking soda, borax and the salt in a bowl. Slowly add the lemon juice and mix with a whisk for about one minute.

Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, being careful not to make them so large that they won’t fit into your dishwasher slot.


Let them dry outside (weather permitting) in the trays for about 24 hours, pop them out and you’re done. This batch of homemade dishwasher detergent tabs should yield about 2 trays, so about 32 loads of dishes depending on the size of your ice cube trays.

Just a few minutes of work and you’re saving money, a trip to the store and the planet! Look at you, saver! 😉

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  1. Thank you soo much for the dishwasher tab recipe. I just cannot afford the cost of paper products and cleaning products anymore. Even if I could, I would much rather put that money towards food. (And yarn) I cant wait to try this! I appreciate the work you put into helping everyone with your recipes, tips, and crochet patterns. I am new to your site, and looking forward to learning all you have to offer!!
  2. These types of blogs, along with your great crochet pattern tutorials are fantastic and very helpful! Thank you for sharing these great ideas.
  3. Will this work for hard water,for I tried a recipe similar to this and it left dishes cloudy and not very clean
  4. Made these and they were like thick corn meal, would not begin to pour. It seems they might need more liquid.
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  9. Awesome! I need to make these. I'm so happy to finally cost down on this expense. I have been making laundry detergent for a few years now. Later, I will message you some of my recipes for some other homemade products. Then if you like your welcome to share them. Thanks for your money saving tips and tricks.
    1. Washing soda = sodium carbonate. Baking soda = sodium bicarbonate. WS is found in the laundry aisle. BS is found in the baking aisle. WS can be tricky to find. BS is easy to find. Arm & Hammer makes both, but they are NOT the same. Hope this helps!
      1. If you have lots of baking soda and no washing soda, put a 1/2 inch layer of baking soda on a cookie sheet and heat it in a 425F oven until it turns flaky. (usually 30-45 minutes) You now have washing soda... I love chemistry...
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