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Cheap Homemade Dishwasher Detergent DIY

Learn to make your own homemade dishwasher detergent using this one simple recipe. In less than five minutes, you will have stirred up enough dishwashing detergent to clean hundreds of dishes.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

The reason we started making dishwasher detergent here on the farm was actually pretty lame. The kids use the dishwasher and they failed to tell me that we were out of dishwashing liquid and we live almost half an hour away from the closest grocery store.

Living out in the country has its benefits, but when it comes to grocery shopping there are not a lot of options. We don’t drive to the store for a single item. I had always wanted to try to make dishwasher detergent. As a busy mom, I often opt for the convenience of using store-bought items.

However, the kids aren’t the greatest dishwashers. The dishes get much cleaner in the dishwasher or when I do them by hand. I wasn’t about to let the kids away with not doing their dishwashing duty, so I dug through my recipes and made a quick batch of detergent.

Much to the chagrin of my kiddos, dishwashing detergent was born and they could right back to scraping and loading dishes. The added benefit to the homemade dishwasher detergent was that it actually got my dishes cleaner than the liquid detergent I was previously using.

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The Cost Breakdown

Let me begin by saying that we are located in Alberta, Canada. As I worked through the cost breakdown of the homemade detergent, I used the cost of the ingredients that I used in the video above.

Washing Soda = $6.49 for 3 kg 1 cup = $0.41

Borax = $5.99 for 1.84kg 1 cup = $0.66

Citric Acid = $21.24 for 5lbs 1/2 cup = $0.61

Sea Salt = $3.99 for 850g 1/2 cup = $0.64

Total Cost for 3 cups of Dishwasher Detergent = $2.32 CAD

dishwasher detergent ingredients

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Under Three Acres
This homemade dishwasher detergent is quick and easy to make.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup kosher salt


  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a lidded container. Stir or shake to mix thoroughly.
  • Add 1 TBSP per load to your dishwasher.


You may choose to use Lemi Shine Dish Detergent Booster in place of the citric acid or add lemon essential oil to give your detergent a little bit of lemony fresh scent. I have not tried these, but have heard that these are great options if you prefer a scent.

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