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.

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3 of 5 questions
  • Krp28398356
    on Jul 26, 2017

    Do I have to use lemon juice? What does it do? And do you use fresh juice?
    • Skagit Phoenix
      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?

    • Donna
      on Feb 29, 2020

      At Walmart it is located on the top or bottom shelf of the dry laundry detergent.

  • Victoria
    on Mar 28, 2020

    Do you mean Arm&Hammer washing soap?

    • Flipturn
      on Oct 18, 2020

      Yes, Arm&Hammer is one brand of washing soda.

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  • Laura Bolin Nickell
    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
    Rocky Phelps
    on Sep 25, 2018

    I am going to try this.

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