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Last updated May 17, 2023

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe (Without Baking Soda)

Wondering how to make your own Non-Toxic Homemade Dishwasher Detergent?

I’ve tried several different brands at the store and they were leaving a white film on our glasses.

Considering all the toxic chemicals in those detergents, I definitely didn’t want to end up drinking any of the residues.

I hopped on the EWG site to see what ingredients were clean and safe.

There are tons of cleaner dishwashing detergent brands out there but with a family of 6, it’s so much cheaper to make our own.

With a few simple ingredients, I made enough dishwashing detergent to last a while.

I was very shocked after the first load of dishes to find sparkling clean glasses and silverware.

So far I’ve been extremely impressed with this recipe and wanted to share it because it’s such a simple DIY dishwasher detergent recipe.

ingredients needed for non-toxic homemade dishwashing detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

After mixing up the ingredients listed below, simply store it in a glass or plastic container near the dishwasher and add 1 Tbsp. per load.

I used an old jelly jar we had laying around.

Sometimes I put white vinegar in the rinse dispenser also.

As far as the brands of ingredients, I used Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and Relative Foods Organic Citric Acid.

The savings are enormous! The ingredients I bought make about 15 cups of powdered dishwasher detergent. That’s about 250 loads of dirty dishes!

The homemade dishwasher detergent recipe below is in a smaller ratio so it’s easier to mix and store.

I feel much more confident we are not eating on dishes with toxic chemicals and this DIY dishwashing detergent has my dishes so clean!

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe (Without Baking Soda)

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Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Recipe without harmful chemicals. It leaves dishes sparkling clean and is a simple DIY recipe.


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  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid (linked above)
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt Fine Grain
  • (Essential Oils optional)


  1. Measure and mix all ingredients together and put in a sealed jar.
  2. Use 1 Tbsp. per load of dishes.
  3. Add vinegar to the rinse if desired.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Let me know if you have used this homemade dishwasher detergent recipe or other non-toxic cleaning products in your home.

I also share my favorite homemade cleaning spray recipe you might love!

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  1. I made this recipe & normally put vinegar in a cup on the top shelf because we have very hard water but went ahead and put it in the other slot for the final rinse. Everything came out covered in a white film. Any suggestions?