We have been looking for quite some time for a good homemade natural dishwasher detergent. I have made recipes that came very close, but either they wouldn’t clean our dishes very well or leave a cloudy residue on our dishes no matter what rinse agent we tried.
Well, we finally found the perfect recipe!
Today, I’ll show you how to make your very own homemade natural dishwasher liquid, for pennies a load! (see the cost breakdown below)
Here is what you will need:
- 3 Cups of Water (Tap worker works fine!)
- 1 1/4 Cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda!)
- 3 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (We use Peppermint and it smells amazing!) Do not substitute with other castille soaps- they are not the same
- Regular Quart Mason Jar with a Lid
This will yield about 825 ml, approximately 56 loads.
Add the water to the mason jar and add the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.
Slowly add the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (lump free), a little at a time while stirring to give it a chance to dissolve or it might overflow.
When all of the washing soda has been added, I use a hand held blender to blend all the ingredients well or if you don’t have a hand held blender, put the lid on the jar and screw the band on tightly. Shake vigorously to blend all of the ingredients well. We bought our hand held blender at Value Village for $4.99 and use it specifially for homemade soaps and detergents.
Invert the jar. Do not skip this step or leave overnight or you may end up with a solid block at the bottom of your jar that you can’t get out!
Leave it upside down for at least an hour, then use your hand held blender or shake vigorously again. Put it back on the counter, still inverted (same reasons as above.)
After another hours or so, open the jar and it should be gelled, like so:
Tap the jar lightly on the counter to get the gelled detergent down to the bottom of the jar. Use the hand held blender and whip for a minute or so until all the ingredients are well blended and smooth and creamy. It will look like this:
I used a funnel to put my detergent into a recycled squeeze bottle and added a label that you download here: Canning/Jar Labels.
Rinse Agent: Use a rinse aid such as Jet Dry – I have tried to use vinegar, and a combination of vinegar and lemon juice with no success. I am still on the lookout for the perfect homemade natural rinse aid (leave a comment if you have a good recipe to share!)
For those with Normal Water: Use 1 Tablespoon per load of dishes.
For those with Soft Water: Use 2 teaspoons per Load.
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda: 3KG box = 15 cups – $6.99 box = 0.47 per cup= $0.58 for 1 1/4 cups
Dr Bronner’s Peppermint Soap: 44ml = 3TBS – $16.99 for 944ml = $0.18/ml = $0.79 for 3 Tbs.
Total Cost: $1.26 per 56 Loads = About .02¢ per load
Stay tuned for my post on making Homemade Natural Laundry Soap once my supply runs out in a few weeks time.