If you’re looking to make your own automatic dishwasher soap, consider my DIY Automatic Dishwasher Powder Lemon Essential Oil.
Kitchen Power!! I’m very much into this “DIY” thing lately and read where I could make my own automatic dishwasher powder, so I did! The lemon essential oil adds such a nice fresh scent to it and of course, lemons are known for its cleaning ability.
This mixture was easy to make, inexpensive and great to have on hand. Works great too. Sadly, I had to tell Brody (my 4 yr old) he could not help me with this DIY! Be sure to keep children away from your DIY products when it involves Borax powder – it’s a little harsh and you don’t want them to touch it then put their hands in their mouths.
DIY Automatic Dishwasher Powder Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 cups borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 5-10 drops Lemon essential oil or another 100% pure essential oil made for cleaning, such as Orange
Instructions to make:
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Store in sealed container.
To use, fill both cups in dishwasher. Don’t try to add less, I’ve tried and it just doesn’t work good enough. Also, you’ll need to rinse off all food and particles before placing dishing in washer.
Insert>>>>>>>PLEASE NOTE: After using this recipe for a while, I’ve noticed it works much better if both cups in dishwasher are filled up AND that all food is rinsed off the dishes first.
Insert>>>>>July 2016 – My husband doesn’t think this mixture works well enough, so I need to prefect it. If you have any suggestions to make this DIY Automatic Dishwasher Powder Lemon Essential Oil mixture better, please leave me a comment. Thank you.
Here’s an extra tip: For an additional added benefit, splash 1 cup of white vinegar on bottom of dishwasher for extra shine.
All ingredients can be found at Walmart with the exception of the oils. I use doTerra pure essential oils. Citric acid can be found in the canning aisle at Walmart. None of the products are expensive.
Note: 100% pure essential oils are very concentrated – so only 5-10 drops of the Lemon EO is all you need. Also, be sure to use essential oils that are 100% pure – that way there’s nothing in the oils other than oil!! Very important!
Borax – $3.38 at Walmart
Kosher salt – $1.69 at Target
Baking soda – $2.06 at Walmart
citric acid in bulk on Amazon (affiliate link) or $2.97 at Walmart
Lemon EO – $15 through doTerra
Now you can enjoy nice fresh clean dishes w/out chemicals!!