homemade dishwasher detergent tabs

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Wow! These were easy to make, and they work! Scrap those expensive dishwasher detergent tabs, and make your own!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups washing soda (find it by the laundry stain & odor removers)
  • 1.5 cups Borax (find it by the laundry stain & odor removers)
  • 1 cup coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup citric acid (find it in the canning aisle)
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil

Make Them:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Press into ice cube trays or molds. I found full-size cubes in an ice cube tray were much bigger than necessary (especially since we have a water softener), so filling halfway is perfect. Pack in tightly!
  3. Allow to dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
  4. Pop out of trays and transfer to an airtight container to store. Store in a cool, dark place.
  5. Yield: approx. 64 half ice cube tabs (four ice cube trays)

Use Them:

  • Tabs don’t have to be placed in the detergent compartment. If your dishwasher has a special location for tabs, use that. Otherwise, you can just toss one on the bottom of the tub.
  • For rinse agent, I use distilled white vinegar with lemon essential oil – 20 drops oil per quart of vinegar. Shake before filling compartment.
  • These tabs are also multi-purpose!
    • Drop one in your garbage disposal, run hot water, and let the disposal run for 30 seconds to a minute.
    • Toss one on the bottom of your dishwasher tub, and run an empty hot cycle with sanitize (if your dishwasher has that option) to clean your dishwasher tub and lines.
  • Have an extra-greasy load? Hard water? If you answered yes to either (or both!) of those things, add just a couple (no more than three) drops of regular dish soap to your dishwasher when you run a load.

Cost Comparison:

  • This recipe = 5 cents per load
  • Finish tabs at Walmart = 17 cents per load
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