I make my own dishwasher detergent because we have a septic tank and most dishwasher detergents contain bleach which is bad for septic tanks. Making my own dishwasher soap allows me to use septic safe ingredients in my detergent. An added benefit of making my own dishwasher detergent is that it is much more frugal than store-bought soap.
Dishwasher Detergent Recipe:
- 1 C Borax
- 1 C Washing Soda
- 20 drops Essential Lemon Oil
- Use a funnel to pour the Borax and Washing Soda in an old bottle.
- Add Lemon oil.
- Place the lid on the bottle and shake well.
Frugal Dishwasher Rinse Aid:
We have hard water, so I add vinegar to the rinse dispenser to ensure that we don’t have build up and deposits on our dishes.