DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes and Results!

Hi everyone!
Well, I feel like I should say, “I took one, or in this case, 3 for the team!” LOL
Here is what I am talking about. I have been making my own cleaners for about 15 years now. I started because of one reason….money! Cleaning products can be so expensive. And I really needed to cut my budget drastically. I have a Pinterest board with different DIY cleaner recipes and I thought it was time to test them out!
DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes. The Results!  @
So, here is the latest…”Saw it….Pinned it….Tried it!!”
Before I go any further, I must tell you my dishwasher is a cheapo model. Not the very cheapest but, a far cry from an expensive one. So, I know everyone's dishwasher will be slightly different. These are MY results.
First up…The most simple recipe:
1 cup of Borax & 1 cup of Washing Soda
Simply mix the 2 cups together and use a tablespoon per load of dishes.
The results:
Not good at all. Dishes were filmy and still cruddy.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipe
Second Recipe:
Same as above except you add 2-3 tablespoons of regular white vinegar to the rinse agent dispenser.
The Results:
Not much better. A little bit less filmy but, that is about it.
Third Recipe:
1 Cup of Borax, 1 Cup of Washing Soda and 5  Lemonade unsweetened Koolaid packets (for citric acid).
The Results:
This recipe cleaned okay. I would use this (since I now have it made up) in a pinch when I am out of dishwasher detergent. However, it wasn’t the miracle cleaner that folks are saying it is. It is not what I would use as my everyday dishwashing detergent.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes. The Results!  @
That was the results of the three DIY dishwashing detergent recipes I found on Pinterest. I took all three of those pins down from my board. I will not recommend any of them.
For just for this post, I thought I would try a Dollar Store Brand dishwasher detergent. This one comes from The Dollar Tree.
 DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes. The Results!  @
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this one worked. I really hadn’t expected it to do as good of a job as it did!
Have you tried any DIY cleaning recipes you found online? If so, what were the results?
I am going to continue trying the different recipes I find and I will post them with my honest opinions.
Here is another “Saw it….Pinned it…Tried it” I posted.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


  1. You did take one for the team! I must say I don't make any of my household cleaners.

  2. have never made any myself. too time consuming. but I appreciate your results and experimentation.

  3. Thanks for taking the tiime to do this. It is nice to see an honest review. x

  4. I have thought about getting involved in Ava Anderson, who sells toxin free products but so far I am not getting much feedback. Trying to find any work and I have had lots of direct selling experience in the past. I do not make any of my own household products but I do know so many things we buy and use are so dangerous for our health. My King Soopers store has coupons I receive each month and they saw I was buying a name brand d/w detergent. so they sent me a 20 ct FREE coupon for their King Soopers/Kroeger store brand d/w tablets. They really did work well and were lemon scented so they smelled great too!Thanks for this share Diann


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