DIY Anyone Can Do: Make Your Own Dishwashing Detergent

Why buy what you could make at home?Why buy what you could make at home?Dishes, silverware and glassware come out shiny and clean thanks to this simple three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.

Prep: 4 min.

Cost: $2.45

Yield: 32 oz. (enough for 32 loads)


  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • 32-oz. lidded plastic container

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  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil


Put on gloves. Add washing soda, borax and oil to bowl, stirring with your hands to mix and eliminate clumps. Transfer powder to plastic container. Use 2 Tbsp. detergent per wash. You also can add 1 tsp. vinegar , if desired, to the rinse cycle to prevent spots on silverware and glasses.

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