Thursday, June 25, 2009

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

From my (in real life) friend Mama Fox at

I am making this for the first time this weekend. I have the Washing Soda from the Homemade Laundry Detergent. Will buy the Borax at Fred Meyer also.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

(this is a DRY powder)

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 3-5 drops of tea tree oil (already have it on hand)*

I put it all in an empty plastic container and shake it up. I put one tablespoon in each compartment (for a total of 2 tbsp per load).

*Optional - I did add this. I bought the natural 100% tea tree oil in the health food dept of Fred Meyer. It was about $10 for the little bottle but, it will last forever and has a ton of household uses. Everything from an all natural antiseptic for cuts/wounds to blemish control for your face and some companies add it to their shampoo to help keep the scalp as clean as possible and promote healthy hair growth. So, there you have it. =)


  1. Let me know how this works. I read really bad reviews on this recipe. Interested to see if you like it.

  2. Anonymous4:40 PM


    Forgot to get back to you. We are really liking this! Seriously works well in my dishwasher.

  3. I am wondering about the tea tree oil. I hate it. . .the smell just creeps me out. Is it used for the antiseptic purpose? Do you know why it's in the recipe? And if you use it can you smell it on your dishes? Thanks! Robyn. I'll check back here if you have time to comment

  4. I don't think you need it in there. It's a clean fragrance. I really can't smell it at all in here, I use it in the laundry detergent also, but you could use another fragrance there.


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