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!)

Homemade Laundry Detergent….IN THE MICROWAVE!!!

I often joke with my husband about being born in the wrong century.  I love doing things the old-fashioned way, but about the time I am convinced of this I realize that I am incredibly dependent on my modern-day conveniences….like the Microwave.

This fact was quite evident a while back when I made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent.  It worked terrific, but I hated sitting over a pot for 45 minutes melting soap and waiting for the ingredients to dissolve.  So pioneer woman meets modern gal in this little recipe…


It almost seems wrong.

I got the original recipe here  and modified it to be done in the microwave.

Here is what you will need:


1 bar soap  (Fels Naptha, Castile, or Ivory)

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

4 cups water

About 3 days before you are going to make the detergent, turn your bar of soap into liquid. (In this recipe I used a 4 ounce bar of Kirk’s Castile soap.)

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Pour your liquified soap into a microwave safe dish.  It should be about 2 cups of soap.  Add two cups of water and stir together.


Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.


After two minutes, the soap and water should mix together well.  Set aside.

photo(115) photo(112)Combine one cup Washing soda and one cup Borax.  Add Two cups of water.

photo(114) photo(110)Microwave for 2 minutes, and stir well.  Microwave for 2 more minutes and stir.

photo(109)Pour the two mixtures together.  Stir well and microwave for one minute.   Stir vigorously until it is no longer grainy.

photo(108) photo(106)Using four 8 ounce mason jars, or two-quart size jars, pour an equal amount into each jar. (Use the regular mouth jars.  This will come in VERY handy in a minute!)

photo(105)Add just enough water to each jar to reach the bottom of the rim.

photo(104) photo(103)Place the lid on each jar, and shake for about 20 seconds.  Place the jars upside down and let sit for 4-6 hours.  Do not let them sit longer than this, if you do your detergent will become grainy.

photo(119) When it has gelled up like this, you are ready for the fun part!!!

photo(120) photo(121)Unscrew the lid to the jar, and screw on the blade for the blender.  Place it on top of the blender and mix on high until it becomes creamy.  Your jar will be completely full at this point.


When you pull the blender off, it will be thick like this.  It is about the consistency of mayonnaise.


Repeat with each jar replacing the lids tightly.  This detergent is highly concentrated.  You will use ONLY 1 Tablespoon per load.  Don’t use too much!!!

Here is a list of reasons why this is my FAVORITE homemade detergent:

1.  I didn’t have to stir and stir….and stir over the stove waiting for my soap to melt.

2.  No grating soap.

3.  It doesn’t take up much space and lasts forever.

4.  It cleans my clothes GREAT!

5.  It dissolves almost instantly when you put it in the machine.

6.  It is just cool…….  🙂

If only I could learn to enjoy washing the laundry as much as I enjoyed making the detergent……

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