i’ve posted on diy dish soap before, but those recipes are a little too runny to put into the dishwasher. this recipe is thicker, and can be followed up with the diy rinse.
… and to be honest, i now have a dishwasher. talk about excitement!
these recipes are super simple and can be stored in virtually any container.
DISHWASHER DETERGENT – POWDERED
- 1 cup finely ground & tightly packed castile bar soap (like dr bronners)
- 1/4 cup salt (any salt)
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/4 cup baking soda
mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. use 1 tablespoon per load.
DISHWASHER DETERGENT – LIQUID
- 1 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
mix salt into soap slowly and stir as you go. it’ll thicken up a bit. put into a pump bottle for easy storage and use. this is what i currently prefer. i use 2 pumps in my dishwasher and have never been left with a bubbly mess. maybe test it with 1 first.
- 3/4 cup vinegar (any kind, but i prefer apple cider vinegar)
for this rinse, either place directly into your rinse aid compartment, or stop your dishwasher before the rinse cycle, and place a small cup full of the vinegar on the top shelf.
please leave your dish soap and rinse recipes below!
NOTE: please note that newer dishwashers with rubber rinse aid compartments can degrade from the acidic vinegar over time. if that’s a concern for your particular dishwasher, you can place a small cup on the top shelf of your dishwasher with the rinse aid in it after the wash cycle. this will still rinse your dishes, yet it will avoid the rubber compartments.