Homemade dishwasher tablets are easy to make and often cheaper than store bought brands that are filled with chemicals galore. Making them at home also gives you the opportunity to create and play with your favorite scents for cleaning your dishes.
Step 1: Ingredients
You'll want to gather the following:
- 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
- 1 Cup Borax
- Juice from 1 Lemon
- Essential Oils (Optional for Scents)
I chose not to use essential oils for my tablets, but you could easily add them. Eucalyptus or lavender could both be nice additions to your lemon dishwasher tablets!
Step 2: Combine Ingredients
Combine your borax, washing soda, epsom salt, and lemon juice into a bowl. When you add your lemon juice, your solids will begin to fizz. That is okay! Keep going. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon gently fold and mix the ingredients together until they begin to clump and are adequately mixed.
If you are using essential oils, add a 4-6 drops and mix in thoroughly.
Step 3: Press and Dry
Spoon your mixture into empty, clean ice cube trays. Using the back of your spoon or your fingers press your tablet mixture into the ice cube slots firmly. The firmer your press down on your tablets, the more likely they are to stay together once you pop them out of the ice cube tray.
Let your tablets sit for 24 hours to dry completely and harden.
Step 4: Pop and Store
Once you have let your tablets dry for 24 hours, release them from the ice cube tray. Store your tablets in a dry air sealed container like a mason jar or tupperware.
Step 5: Done
You're done! Use your dishwasher tablets like you would regular store bought tablets in your dishwasher. Enjoy the fact that you can clean your dishes without all of the harsh chemicals!