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Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

5 from 2 votes
Course Natural cleaning


  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Lemi Shine the original instructions call for citric acid which is cheapest when purchased online. Otherwise it is available in the canning aisle during canning season at a higher price. It didn't work very well for me. On their FAQ page they mention that those with hard water problems may like to try Lemi Shine and I found it works perfectly. It is available at Walmart, which I found more convenient than trying to hunt down citric acid. You can play with increasing or decreasing the amount depending on how hard your water is. 1/2 cup worked for me.


  • Mix everything together in a lidded container and shake.
  • Use 1 TBSP per load.
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