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homemade dishwasher tabs

a recipe by
Lisa Walker
Temagami, ON

Are you like me and HATE spending so much money on these dishwasher tabs? Well here is an easy recipe to make them, and they work amazing :D This make 32 tabs. This time I actually used chamomile Epsom salt someone sent to me lol

method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For homemade dishwasher tabs

  • 2 cups baking soda (cuts grease, great all-purpose cleaner)
  • 2 cups borax (natural cleaner and disinfectant)
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt (reduces the effects of hard water)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (added cleaning power, liquid to help bind the ingredients)
  • 15-20 drops of real lemon or lemon essential oil (really cuts the scum and cleans well)
  • 2 ice cub trays

How To Make homemade dishwasher tabs

  • 1
    Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. (The addition of the vinegar will cause a little fizzing, but not much.)
  • 2
    Once all the ingredients are well combined you will notice it actually will start clumping all by itself. Transfer the mixture into two ice cube trays and press down until each ice cube compartment is hard packed with detergent. If you packed them all down really well, you should use all of the mixture in those two trays.
  • 3
    Now they need to dry, place them in dry, sunny spot and let them sit for 24 hours. Once they are dry, flip them over they pop out really easy and put them into a air tight container.
  • 4
    How to use Add 1 tablet to your dishwasher detergent compartment. and instead of using Jet dry fill the compartment with Vinegar works amazing especially if you have hard water Note: My kids are actually cleaning right now and they have the crumbs of this in a bucket of water, cleans AWESOME