DIY Dishwasher Soap

A clean dishwasher is a happy dishwasher1
A clean dishwasher is a happy dishwasher! I saw the face when I started sketching!

I ran out of dishwasher soap about a week ago when my daughters and friends were staying here. I was running the dishwasher every day, as opposed to every few. For a long time, I didn’t use my dishwasher, but instead washed everything by hand–not sure why, maybe I thought it was more Zen like chop wood, carry water. Fortunately my daughter enlightened me on the joys of using the dishwasher–and don’t worry, there are still some dishes that get washed by hand.

Anyhow, I did a little online research and decided to try this recipe that I found on Huffington Post. All you do is:

  1. Put 3 drops of dish soap in the dishwasher’s soap tray–I’m not sure I used exactly 3, but it was close. I know what happens when you put regular dish soap in a dishwasher. I didn’t do it myself (really!) but was around twice when other people did it and helped to clean the suds and water off of the floor.
  2. Fill the soap dispenser 2/3 full of baking soda
  3. Fill the rest of the way (so you can still close the dispenser, though) with salt.


I used it a few times and it works pretty well. Once, I think I used too much baking soda and a few things came out kind of powdery looking, but the other times, everything came out sparkling clean. Hooray!!

I did get some more dishwasher detergent, but I’m thinking about switching for good.

Next project–DIY rinse aid.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

One thought on “DIY Dishwasher Soap

  1. thinking of you, and hope the blues pass swiftly.
    Thanks for the dishwasher recipe- It looks like a wholesome way to go, and I’m going to try it.

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