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on June 17, 2012

So, for a long time, one of my very good friends has been making her own Laundry soap and telling me how super easy it is to make and how it just lasts forever!  Also…  how much cheaper it is than buying the laundry soap from the store but works just as good — if not, better!  Now, I’m all about doing something that costs less and is super easy so I decided I might give it a try!  Well, when she described the process it sounded a little bit time-consuming and it was also made in big bulk.  I don’t have a ton of extra storage room at my house, so I decided that I’d just try to make something else (something on a smaller scale) so I started my google search and I was off…


So, I started googling and quickly decided that something natural WOULD be great since it is better than harsh chemicals for the environment and also my family.  When I found this website, I also googled reviews from people who used it to see what they thought.  I quickly saw that most people were amazed at how easy this recipe was for both  making it as well as using it day-to-day.

Once I decided to DIY my own dishwasher soap, I had to come up with an airtight container.  So, I just bought (one last time!) a container of those dishwasher gel packs.  They come in a plastic container that is clear with a green, plastic lid.  Perfect! So once I ran out of those little gel pack thingy’s (I guess that’s my go to technical word for most everything), I got out my supplies and got to work!


First things first, is make sure you have all the ingredients.  I knew that I already had everything because I went out and bought it all long before I ran out of gel packs.  Okay, so get all your ingredients out…

You’re gonna need:

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup citric acid

**Where to find your supplies**:    I found both the washing soda and the borax at Walmart in the laundry isle.  The salt — in the salt isle LOL.  And the citric acid was a bit trickier.  I looked and looked in the cleaning supplies and finally just ended up buying some packets of unsweetened lemonade to make up my 1/2 cup of citric acid.  They were pretty cheap but you have to use several packets to get to the 1/2 cup mark.  My husband found actual citric acid at Lowe’s so I’m pretty sure when I need to make another batch, I’ll head over there and buy it from there.


Mix all ingredients together.  Now, I read on the above website that in order to avoid clumping, you can just add a little bit of rice to the mixture (I don’t really like that idea, but you can try whatever you like — let me know if that works and how it works if you try that) or you can  Add 1/2 tsp. citric acid separately to each dishwasher load rather than adding it to the detergent when you’re making it.  I usually just make it all at once and deal with the clumps — it’s really not all that clumpy anyway.


I just mix my ingredients directly in the plastic container I’m going to keep it in, so there’s really not another step :D.  You just use 1 Tablespoon of your mixture per load of dishes.

*Just a little something to remember…

When your rinsing agent runs out, instead of buying that blue jet dry stuff, just put in distilled white vinegar.  Fill it right up and it will make your glasses and plastics sparkle!  Trust me!  We have a slight issue with hard water and it even worked on our hard water spots!  I honestly couldn’t believe how easy this was and how clean and clear my dishes were.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back to buying dishwasher soap from the store :D.  Also, another plus is that this one batch will last you at least a couple of months (and that’s doing a load of dishes daily — we have a lot of people living in this household and usually need to wash a load everyday).

So, I hope you try to make your own Dishwasher soap and really enjoy it (I know your dishes will!!) so happy DIY’ing and til next time…


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