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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Post by AlleyRose on Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:04 pm

[size=36]Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tab[/size]
Yield – 16 servings
Preparation Time – 5 minutes plus drying time
Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 45 drops citrus fresh essential oil

  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Stir with a stainless steel spoon.

  • Add mixture to the square silicone mold. Allow to dry completely. I set mine out in the warm garage for 48 hours to make sure it’s completely dry.

  • Store in air tight container away from direct sunlight.

Now here’s the two-step secret to really clean dishes and clear glasses every time. (I am so impressed by how well this works.)

  • Place 1 detergent tab in your machine’s detergent dispenser.

  • Add 1/2 cup vinegar into the rinsing agent area before starting. This will help with the final rinse to keep residue from building up on your glasses.  You probably won’t have to fill this every time.  I check to make sure my rinsing agent compartment is full about once a week.

Helpful Tips:

  • I’ve seen some people say that they place a cup of vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher instead. If that works for you, then great! I place vinegar in the rinse dispenser because it releases it at just the right time in the cycle to work its magic.

  • Your water might be harder or softer than mine. Some people find that adding another tablespoon of salt into the bottom of their dishwasher really helps with the pre-rinse process.

  • If you have residue on your dishes, you might try adding a teaspoon of citric acid into the detergent compartment with each load.  I don’t think I’d advise adding it to the tab recipe, because it will be very messy when it reacts with the water.

  • I store these homemade dishwasher detergent tabs in a container in my washroom away from direct sunlight.  Direct light can deteriorate the essential oils over time.  Choose a dark location or a dark container for storage.

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