Homemade green cleaning products – Part II

As promised, today I’ll show you how to make your own toxin-free dishwasher detergent.

Like I said on the last post, conventional dishwasher detergents have in their ingredients polyethylene and alcohol alkoxylates. Most of the time, when we take the dishes off the dishwasher, there are still fragments of these chemicals in our plates, glasses and forks. And yes, we end up ingesting them. In a long-term period, this ingestion can cause diseases like cancer, reproductive effects, respiratory effects, damage to DNA, digestive system effects and skin irritation.

I got this homemade dishwasher detergent recipe from the blog Stacy Makes Cents and found it very simple to make.


That’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of salt (I used sea salt, but regular salt works as well);
  • 2 cups of Borax;
  • 2 cups of baking soda

How to do it:

1. Grab a mixing bowl and add the salt, Borax and baking soda and mix all the ingredients very well.

2. Store it in a glass jar and be sure to close it very well.

3. Now your dishwasher detergent is ready to use! Use two tablespoons of detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar in the rinse compartment. Relax, your dishes won’t smell like salad. Keep in mind that vinegar loses it scent when it evaporates.

And that’s it! I used this for a few months and liked the results, although I noticed that the dishes don’t come out sparkly clean, there are still some residues. Well, at least I know that my detergent is not full of harmful toxins! Hopefully I just saw an update on this post on Stacys Makes Cents blog: add Lemi Shine to your recipe.

“The Lemi Shine is what will make your dishes sparkle and have NO residue. Lemi Shine is comprised of 100% all natural fruit acids and oils. It contains no phosphates or fillers. Add 1 cup lemi shine to the recipe.”


Dishes before.
(Source: Stacy Makes Cents)


Dishes after using the homemade detergent
(Source: Stacy Makes Cents)

Great, right? Now you can have a natural dishwasher detergent that will give you toxin-free and sparkly dishes 🙂 Oh, and of course, spending less money.



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