Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

2013, that was when I first made these. It was one of the most popular posts from the former Dolly is Cooking website.
Do you like saving money? Do you want a homemade alternative to famous name brand items? This is one of those items you should have for back up if nothing else.
Ingredients for a Single Batch
1/2 cup each Borax, Washing Soda and Epsom Salts
1 Tbs each Citric Acid and Baking Soda
2 Tbs White Vinegar 5% Acidity,
2 tsp Citrus Essential Oil. I used Orange
Silicone Mold
*Hint it would help if mold compartments fit the dishwasher compartment
Container ~ Airtight with Lid and Labeled
Silicone Molds are wonderful for this project! Just make sure the compartments measure up to your dishwasher detergent dispenser.
Dry them in the molds overnight and remove place on layered paper toweling to dry completely.
Store them in an airtight container. It can be plastic or a beautiful clear glass canister like mine. If you follow me you know I love clean sparkly glass. Things are beautiful when displayed in them. (even something you use everyday.)
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Dolly Sarrio
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  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 05, 2016

  • Lisa Lisa on May 05, 2016
    Is this safe for septic tanks?

  • Sal5633121 Sal5633121 on May 06, 2016
    Hi, I'm in Australia, and was wondering if you knew what we call washing soda over here please? I can't find it anywhere - should have ordered it on eBay I think, as I did the borax (which you can't purchase here easily either) :) many thanks :)


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  • Kathy Gydus Kathy Gydus on May 05, 2016
    It's not a good idea to just "just throw them in the bottom of your dishwasher." Your dishwasher releases the tabs at a certain time in the wash cycle. Since the washer goes through a pre-wash cycle, the tabs may melt before they get a chance to clean your dishes.

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    • Dolly Sarrio Dolly Sarrio on May 05, 2016
      @Kathy Gydus I took that comment off it isn't on the article on the website guess I just decided to talk on here..Anyway you are right and others might do that and get a bad result. I wouldn't want that. Thanks!

  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 05, 2016
    I usually put some baking soda in bottom of washer ever once a while or it developes a musty odor. Thanks for letting me know.

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    • DORLIS DORLIS on May 05, 2016
      @Dolly Sarrio Thank you