How to Make A Dishwasher Detergent At Home in Easy Steps?


If you are living in a big family or joint-family home, then washing tons of plates, dishes, glass, and other kitchen utensils for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a daunting task. This becomes even more problematic if the prices of dishwashers are hitting the sky. Well, why don’t you try a homemade dishwasher detergent? It’s easy to make and is far more affordable compared to factory-made dishwasher detergents.

What is a Homemade Dishwasher Tablet/Detergent?

A type of detergent that is made at home with specific ingredients for cleaning dishes, and other kitchen utensils is called homemade dishwasher detergent. Homemade dishwasher detergent is easy to make and effectively cleans dishes without damaging them. Now, you can get clean and tidy kitchen utensils with dishwasher tablets or detergent that you can prepare at home. Read on to know a quick method of making dishwasher detergent at home in a few steps.



Making Dishwasher Detergent At Home:

Making dishwasher detergent at home requires a few ingredients and a little of your time. We have listed the ingredients that are used in this process and a step-by-step guide is also mentioned below. So what are you waiting for? Continue reading and get rid of the costly dishwasher detergents that are affecting your budget.

How to Make A Dishwasher Detergent At Home in Easy Steps?

Ingredients Required:

The following ingredients are required for preparing dishwasher detergent at home. Also, you will need a massive bowl and 3 mini-size trays of ice cubes.


  1. Baking soda (1 cupful)
  2. Ground salt. But it is best to take kosher salt (1 cupful)
  3. Three-quarters lemon juice (¾)
  4. Washing soda (1 cupful)


Step-By-Step Guide:

Making dishwasher detergent at home involves the following steps:

1. Combine ingredients:

The process of making dishwasher detergent or tablets at home starts with combining all the required ingredients. Add washing soda, baking soda, and salt (whether you have coarse ground salt or kosher salt) in a bowl. Add the above ingredients in the right quantity. Just to remind you, add one cup of each. If you don’t have a standard cup, you can add 16 tablespoons of each ingredient.

2. Mixing:

Once you gather all the ingredients in a bowl, now mix them. It is best to mix them by hand. By doing so, you can easily identify any chunks and break them. Efficiently mix all the ingredients.

3. Make the mixture fizz:

Once mixing is done and you are sure that no chunks are present in the mixture, add ¾ cup or 12 tablespoons of lemon juice. Once you add lemon juice, the blend will become fizzy. Do not worry, we added lemon juice to get that fizz. It’s normal and it’s part of the process.

4. Saturate the mixture:

Now, again mixing. Yes, mix all the ingredients until they become saturated.

5. Packing of mixture:

After you are done mixing and you think that saturation of the mixture with lemon juice is achieved, proceed to the packing step. Take mini (ice cube) trays and fill the saturated mixture. You can use a small spatula or tablespoon to fill trays.

6. Tamping:

Tamping means removing any gaps or air bubbles from the mixture during the filling or packing process. If you don’t want your homemade dishwasher tabs to become crumbly, then tamping the mixture is important.

7. Make the mixture dry:

You are almost done. After tamping and ensuring that there are no air bubbles in the mixture, leave it on the counter for more than 10 hours. No doubt, it’s a long wait but trust me the wait will be worth it.

8. Storage:

Once the dishwashers are dry completely and intact, take them out of the trays. Take a sealed (airtight) container and store dishwasher tablets in it.

How to Deal With Dishwasher Detergent/Tablets at Home?

Making a dishwasher detergent/ tablet at home was an easy yet waiting process. After you have prepared a dishwasher at home, now the question is how to use it.


Well, no worries. When you buy dishwasher tabs from the market, you put them in the dishwasher dispenser and turn the machine on. So now, you don’t have to change anything. You are just switching the product. In the past, you used a factory-made dishwasher but now your own at home. Just put it in the dishwasher dispenser like you used to put the earlier dishwasher. And turn ON your dishwasher in the same setting.




By using a homemade dishwasher, you will surely get satisfaction. You can see how clean your utensils are and can definitely smell the lemons.

Can I Use Vinegar For Rinse Aid?

It depends on personal preferences. Vinegar (white vinegar) can be used as a rinse aid. All you have to do is add the vinegar in the specific compartment (rinse aid compartment). Some people think that using vinegar for rinse aid can damage the rubber gaskets that come with most of the appliances. While some people have no issue with using vinegar as a rinse aid. So, if you want to use vinegar for rinse aid, use it at your own peril.

How Effective Are Homemade Dishwasher Tablets?

If homemade dishwasher tablets or detergents were not effective, I would have never written this blog. It’s a big YES. Homemade dishwasher tablets are toxin-free and doubtlessly give clean plates, glass, and other kitchen utensils that can be washed by dishwasher. If you haven't used homemade dishwasher tablets before, then you should give it a try. You will clearly see the results that after using homemade dishwasher tablets, your utensils are free from food spots and are efficiently cleaned.


Just for your information, the natural ingredients used in homemade dishwasher tablets own some unique cleaning powers. Baking powder has the unique power of cutting out grease and lemon juice works best against a variety of bacteria.

Is Making a Homemade Dishwasher a Good Suggestion?

Yes. Making a homemade dishwasher is a good suggestion and can entertain you with numerous perks. A homemade dishwasher is easy on a budget and can run for a long time. It’s toxin-free and can be prepared with a few ingredients in easy steps.