Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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A little over a year ago when I was living in Los Angles I considered myself to be one of the more eco-friendly, earth loving, attachment parenting kind of momma’s. Then I moved to Portland, OR. These moms here are in an entire league of their own when it comes to “green” sustainable living. They are amazing and I am a sponge soaking up all the glory they have to offer. From chickens in the city to yogurt in your crock-pot, I am ready to take it all on.

A fellow mom from Emma’s school, Christina (AKA Earthy DIY Goddess), gave me this great recipe to make your own dishwasher detergent pods! Brilliant! Right? I knew I had to try this.


  • 2 cups Baking or Washing Soda
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 3/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 6 drops Lavender Oil


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
  2. Squeeze some of the mixture in your hand. You want it to easily clump together. If it is too dry add a little more vinegar.
  3. Spoon some out onto an ice cube tray or any kind of small molds you have. We used this heart silicone one. The hearts were the perfect size to fit in our dishwasher soap spot. If you use a standard ice cube tray, be sure not to fill them all the way or they may not fit.
  4. Next, Emma got to work pressing the soap into the heart forms. You need to pack them in very tight. Once they are filled, this will dry for 24 hours. The next day you can pop them out and store them in a jar or any other container you have. They work just like store bought pods, just pop them in and hit start!

Result: My dishes came out spotless and my dishwasher smelled like a lavender bouquet! I love this. Oh and best of all, my kids helped and learned just another way to be resourceful and earth friendly all while having fun together as a family. Hey, it’s not your typical family evening, but it was pretty great to us. Oh and did I mention, I calculated and this cost around $1 to make about 50 pods!

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