Homemade Dishwasher Powder

** We interrupt the Christmas programming to bring you a VERY good kitchen solution... HOMEMADE DISHWASHER POWDER!! :)))  **

Yes, with a little DIY, and very few ingredients, you can make your own powder for the dishwasher! It is much more eco-friendly. Most commercial dishwasher powders are loaded with chemicals and irritants. It can be toxic to people and pets. The ingredients for making a homemade powder are cost effective. Commercial cleaners of most any kind tend to be expensive. So a win-win all around!

After researching different ways to make a homemade dishwasher powder, and going through different recipes, I came across this Make Your Own Dishwasher Powder on Home Farmer:

2 cups bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

1/2 cup sea salt

1/2 cup citric acid

Mix up the ingredients and place in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid. Label the jar clearly. 


To Use:  Add 1-2 tablespoons of the homemade powder as you would any other commercial dishwasher powder, and run your dishwasher as usual.
I've made mine in slightly smaller batches, the glass jar fitting in a narrow cupboard by our dishwasher.  Oh, and just as a note, citric acid can often be found in most supermarkets in the baking section--where sugar and jam ingredients like pectin and jam-sugar are shelved.

We've been very impressed with the results of this homemade dishwasher powder!! Here's part of a recent dishwasher load at our house using the homemade powder.

It cleans most everything really well! And interestingly, our old set of stainless steel cutlery looks better--more shiny, and not as dull as it was starting to become with age and years of  of commercial dishwasher detergents use.

The only thing this homemade dishwasher powder did not clean very well was a plastic food container, which I had to wash again later by hand. (We still have a few large food containers, which have been useful for big quantities of things--like soups, stews, stocks, etc. while we still transition from plastic to glass containers.)

And here's a extra tip using baking soda--as a stain remover...

If you have tea or coffee stains on porcelain: Sit the cup, mug, or even teapot, in the sink. Sprinkle in some baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. Then pour in a little plain, white vinegar. The chemical reaction of the soda and vinegar mixing together will cause it to fizz and bubble up. Please use caution while doing this step! Wait a moment for the fizz to ease, and then top with some warm water. Scrub the porcelain piece with this mixture and rinse well. Depending on the strength of the staining, this process can be repeated.

And then lookie... Shiny mug! :) I've used this method of stain removal for a long time, and it most always gives a 100% good result. 

More steps toward the more simple life, a more eco-conscious life... It feels good!

Care to share any good home or life tips?! :)))


  1. i don't use my dishwasher. . . prefer to wash by hand.
    BUT . . . I love the tip on washing coffee/tea stains from mugs! thank you!
    beautiful simple white dishes by the way. :)

  2. You and my Mom are on the page, Tammy... she doesn't use her dishwasher either--never has. It's by hand all the way! ;) I do use my dishwasher, and it does clean things really well, which is why I use it. Sometimes I do wash by hand pots & pans. If we have a one-pot wonder meal one night, after dinner I just wash it up. Like ironing, washing by hand offers some nice extra quiet time for reflection and prayer... I prefer plain, white dinnerware. Food always looks great and appetizing on all the white! :)

  3. I cleaned our cast iron casserole with baking soda yesterday, as it was looking a bit discoloured inside from a stew that I made. It came up great! Sadly, I don’t have a dishwasher, so I can’t try this recipe, but it sounds very effective, as well as being eco-friendly. Marie x

    1. Baking soda pretty amazing! Thought I've not tried it, I would imagine this mixture could be use for washing up by hand... I will have to give it a try!

  4. I use baking soda on so many things. I'm inclined to think Mr. Clean sponges use it too but I've never checked. These are both terrific ideas, Tracy. And lots less expensive, too!

    1. Baking soda is a well stocked item in my over all cleaning "arsenal"... I use it so much, for so many things. It's nice that even commercial products are adding it to their formulas for cleaners, etc.

  5. I like using the dishwasher Tracy as it gets the dishes squeaky clean. I like squeaky clean. I wish we could buy baking soda in large quantities here in the UK. Unfortunarely we can only get it in small bits only about 1/2 cup at a time. Its annoying! Great idea to make your own dishwasher powder! Thanks! xoxo

    1. It's the same here too, Marie... mostly we can only get baking soda in small packets that are about 1/2 cup-- little packets from the baking section of the supermarket. I lately found an online source, a health food webshop based here in Norway, which sells baking soda in 200g pouches, so I may try that--most I've seen so far! :/

  6. The recipe for the dishwasher detergent looks like a good one. I like the idea of making my own. You are such a good example of making your own cleaning items and etc.
    Blessings to you for helping making items that are more earth friendly and without toxins.
    Blessings and hugs for you my dear friend!


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