Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 0 mins

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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!

grantg March 07, 2011

I was SO excited to try this...good for the environment, cheap...I REALLY wanted this to work. But honestly, this was such a HORRIBLY BAD experience that I will NEVER make my own anything that goes in a machine. I was literally afraid I had ruined my dishwasher. I followed the instructions exactly (and yes I had A&H Super Washing Soda...NOT Baking Soda) and afterwards, everything was covered in a powdery coating. Dishes felt powdery, glasses were SUPER cloudy (and yes, I have a rinse agent). My dishwasher has a stainless steel interior and I spent a long time scrubbing it with Bon Ami to get off the powdery residue that nothing else would take off. I feel badly leaving such a bad review when everyone else clearly has had wonderful experiences with this recipe...but truly, I will NEVER try to make my own dishwasher or laundry detergent after this experience. Just that bad.

LillyZackMom April 17, 2012

Works amazing! For hard water, add a bit more super washing soda. I've also used vinegar with it to help with our hard water issues and this works like a charm and so much cheaper than the "all natural" versions :) THANKS!

j_alisabeth February 10, 2011