To make homemade dishwashing detergent, combine common household ingredients in a large bowl. After thoroughly mixing, allow the detergent to dry for 24 hours. Once dry, store the detergent in an airtight container.
- Combine ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of baking soda.
- Stir ingredients
With a wooden spoon, gently stir ingredients until they're thoroughly mixed. Fizzing and bubbling is normal as the acidity in vinegar interacts with the powder ingredients.
- Add ingredients into an ice tray
Carefully spoon the mixed ingredients into a clean plastic ice cube tray.
- Place tray in a dry location
Once filled, place the tray in a dry area, such as in an cabinet or a window sill with direct sunlight.
- Dry the ingredients
Allow the dishwashing detergent to dry for at least 24 hours. Do not touch or manipulate the ingredients during the drying process.
- Remove detergent from the tray
Carefully turn the tray upside down, and gently tap to dislodge detergent cubes.
- Store in an airtight container
Place the detergent cubes in an airtight container. Keep the container away from high moisture areas to prevent dissolving.
- Use as normal
Place one cube in the dishwasher detergent compartment. Run the machine as normal.