Homemade Cleaning Products: Dishwasher Detergent

Trade in those tiny candly-like capsules for this cheap, homemade dishwasher detergent.

Save time on dishes

Dishes, silverware and glassware come out shiny and clean thanks to this simple three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.

Prep: 4 min.

Cost: $2.45

Yield: 32 oz. (enough for 32 loads)



  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • 32-oz. lidded plastic container



  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil



Put on gloves. Add washing soda, borax and oil to bowl, stirring with your hands to mix and eliminate clumps. Transfer powder to plastic container. Use 2 Tbsp. detergent per wash. You also can add 1 tsp. vinegar, if desired, to the rinse cycle to prevent spots on silverware and glasses.