Dish Detergent Tabs

I have tried a handful of homemade dishwasher detergents.  I hated most of them.  I have always bought the liquid variety and wanted to make a copycat.  I tried, but it left a film on my dishes and cups that had to be re-washed.  So I gave up and tried making powder detergent.  It worked much better but clumped up and got hard as rocks.  So….what is the solution?  Homemade dishwasher detergent tabs.  YES!!  I love them, and they clean just as good as a commercial detergent.

Here is what you need:


1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

1/4 cup salt
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup lemi shine (You may have to search, but it is sold at Wal-Mart.)

20130702-200008.jpgDump everything into a bowl.  The vinegar will cause a little fizzing.

20130702-200018.jpgMIx until everything is moist and there are no more dry spots.

20130702-200025.jpgScoop 1 tablespoon at a time into ice cube trays.

20130702-200032.jpgPress it down firmly into the mold.

20130702-200037.jpgSet them aside to sit overnight.

20130706-112425.jpgPop the tabs out of the tray.

20130706-112435.jpg 20130706-112443.jpgWhen it is time to do a load of dishes, put your tab into the detergent container and pour about 1/4 cup of vinegar into the pre-rinse department.  (I have tried to do dishes without the vinegar and they are spotty every time….so go ahead and just use it!)

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 22:22:39

    How many trays do you need for 1 batch? Love this idea!!


  2. Emmy
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 00:04:48

    I see salt in the picture, I think, but don’t see it in the recipe instructions… how much do we use? Thanks!


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