DIY Dishwasher Tablets

7 Materials
4 Hours

We all know how convenient it is to purchase packs of dishwashing tablets or pods in the cleaning aisle at the grocery store. But they are pretty pricey.

And with the number of loads that we have been running lately, the cost really adds up.

So, why not try making your own?

Save money — and a trip to the store — by making homemade dishwasher tablets with this easy DIY Dishwasher Tablets tutorial.

Start by gathering all the necessary supplies.

Add borax, epsom salt, and washing soda to a large bowl and stir to mix well.

Add essential oils.

Then, slowly add lemon juice, adding just enough to make the mixture damp enough to mold and stick together.

Spoon the mixture into a silicone mold. Use your hands to press the mixture into the mold to ensure it is packed in firmly.

Let tablets set until they are fully hardened. This will take at least 3 – 4 hours.

When fully set, gently remove each tablet from the mold.

Store your DIY dishwasher tablets in an airtight glass container near your dishwasher (but out of reach of children and pets).

Visit my full  Homemade Dishwasher Tablets blog post to view and print out the full instructions.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Bernadette
    on Jun 21, 2019

    Great idea! What are the amounts for the dishwasher tablets?

  • Robin Blecker
    on Jun 21, 2019

    What are the measurements of each ingredient?

  • Vicki
    on Jul 19, 2019

    I avoid ALL D/W soaps w/citrus because I have silverware & pots w/gold on them & was told the citrus dulls and/or strips the color. Would it work to use water instead of lemon?

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  • Penny-Marie
    on Jun 22, 2019

    I don't know if these would fit in the spots in my dishwasher. I have some I bought & have to open each one & put the powder in the spots to be able to close them. Didn't have a choice on dishwasher type because it's a rental.

  • Myrna McGovern
    on Jun 27, 2019

    I am definitly trying this!

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