Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


  • 1 c washing soda
  • ½ citric acid
  • ¼ c coarse salt
  • 10-20 drops or more lemon essential oil*


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add essential oils. Pour mixture in a glass bowl (or something similar) with a lid.

    homemade dishwasher detergent

Recipe Notes

*You could use another kind of essential oil if you like. I would suggest you use citrus (like lime or grapefruit) as it helps to repel grease. You could combine a couple of essential oils as well if you like.

*To remove spots on your dishes, you can use white vinegar in the rinse compartment if needed.

*This diy dishwasher detergent may harden after a while and can be difficult to scoop. To remedy this, give it a good stir and chop it up a bit each time you use it.

*This homemade dishwasher detergent may work well for some people and not for others. This can be caused by having hard or soft water, as well as the pH of your water. To give it the best chance, be sure to rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.