DIY Dishwasher Tablets

Don’t you just hate having to buy household items that you end up just throwing away? Things like toilet paper, paper towels…and dishwasher tablets? Well, l’m about to let you in on a life changing, money saving secret- how to make your own dishwasher tablets!
These are super easy to make and keep my dishwasher spotless!
The ingredients:
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Kosher Salt (more or less, the purpose is to reduce water
spotting. if your water is soft you can use less)
3 TBS. Lemon Juice
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients and pour a shallow amount into ice cube or other
small trays that will fit your dishwashers soap dispenser.
(I have some nifty, tiny plastic squares I got at the
dollar store that fit my dishwasher just right).
These don’t shrink as they dry, so whatever you pour is what the size will be.
Allow to dry for 24 hours, or until all liquid is absorbed.
Pop out of the mold and store in an airtight container.
Alexandrea @ One Ash Homestead

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Jo
    on Nov 10, 2016

    What is the difference of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda & the Washing Soda?

    • Robert Everett
      on Feb 26, 2018

      Baking soda is much milder (PH 8-9) close to neutral on the PH scale) and can be ingested. Washing soda (aka laundry soda) is not ingestible, is stronger (PH 11 more alkaline) and may harm delicate fabrics or even your skin - wear rubber gloves if you have sensitive skin. Washing soda is 100 times stronger than baking soda. Washing soda is also a water softener.
  • Krp28398356
    on Jul 26, 2017

    Do I have to use lemon juice? What does it do? And do you use fresh juice?
    • Skagit Phoenix
      on May 6, 2019

      I'm not an expert on the science, but I think the lemon juice helps with odors. I've seen recipes that use Tang or sugar free lemonade powder.

  • Beverly
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Where do I find the washing soda?

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  • Laura Bolin Nickell
    on Dec 6, 2015

    Thanks! I tried this a few days ago, and it worked. I had given up up on buying the tablets and started buying gel packs instead to use in the dispenser. Now that I know, I think I will make some home made tablets! 😊

  • Rocky Phelps
    on Sep 25, 2018

    I am going to try this.

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