Dishwasher Soap

READY IN: 1min
Recipe by No Stress Chef

This is a very handy, economical way to make your own detergent for the dishwasher. It really works and you don't have that overpowering bleachy smell in your kitchen from using the store-bought dishwasher detergents.You absolutely do not have to worry about this sudsing up in your dishwasher. It is also handy for when you have baked on messes on cookie sheets or pots. Throw a tablespoon in with some soaking water and the mess comes up great. Note: this is not edible - this is a recipe for homemade dishwasher soap.

Top Review by grantg

Outstanding results! Our area has soft water so we seldom use JetDry in the dishwasher. We HAD BEEN using the dry powdered dishwashing detergent sold by our local ALDI store for several years. However, ALDI has seen fit to discontinue this product in favor of their liquid dishwashing detergent! Well, by the end of ONE BOTTLE of the liquid, the silverware & glasses had a "white film" and the dishes no longer had a shine & "squeaky-clean" feel. I checked here and found THIS RECIPE for an EXCELLENT dishwashing detergent substitute for any BRAND NAME retail product! Even nicer... BOTH INGREDIENTS can be found on with free shipping. You can either buy one of each & measure/mix equal parts with a little 20-mule team Borax left over... or buy 3:2 ratio and mix it all in a large soap or litter pail & store away until needed. I used an empty 2L Ocean Spray juice bottle for storing the "daily use" supply. Additionally, this is a great ceramic tile wall/floor cleaner. PLUS it will also "improve" water flow in plumbing pipes if 1 cup is dissolved in 8 cups scalding hot water and poured down that bathroom drain with all the soap and excess removed make-up clogging it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup borax, natural laundry booster
  • 1 cup arm and hammer super washing soda (not baking soda!)


  1. Mix well - Borax with washing soda in a reusable container.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons of powder for each load of dishes in your dishwasher.

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