Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

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I’ve posted lots of recipes for DIY homemade cleaners, but dishwasher detergent was one recipe I had a hard time understanding. After investigating further, I finally found out the secret! This homemade dishwasher detergent recipe uses natural ingredients to help you save money and clean dirty dishes.

Dishwasher powder detergent

I tried a lot of dishwasher powder recipes and they left a bit of a residue, especially on glassware. I couldn’t tell if there was too much of something or if I was missing an ingredient that would make it more effective.

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Thanks for the little hint, pinterest, It turned out that the missing ingredient was citric acid. Even better, I already had it on hand when I made bath bombs, so I gave it a try. The result is clean, shiny tableware with no residue or dirt buildup.

magic ingredient

As the name suggests, citric acid is an acid and is naturally found in lemon juice. However, adding fresh lemon juice to homemade dishwasher detergent is not very practical as it will shorten its shelf life. For those with hard water (especially if you don’t have a water softener), citric acid provides natural cleaning power to remove filmy residue from dishes.

Most citric acid comes from fermented GMO corn, so it’s important to check the source. The citric acid I use is food grade, non-GMO, and fermented from cane sugar. Vinegar is made by fermenting fructose (such as from apples) into acetic acid using natural microorganisms. Citric acid is made in much the same way as vinegar, except the end result of fermentation is citric acid.

Combine citric acid and the rest of the ingredients and put them all in a detergent container. However, some people find it most effective when used alone as a rinse aid. In this case, put 1 tablespoon of citric acid powder in the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher.

Some people instead use vinegar in a liquid rinse dispenser or in the bowl on the top rack of the dishwasher. However, over time, white vinegar can break down the rubber gaskets and hoses inside your dishwasher.

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