Doing the dishes is one of my least favorite chores, but it must be done. I have shared a few different dish detergent recipes and dish liquid recipe that can be found HERE. Now I want to share a super simple Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent that only has a few household ingredients. This liquid dish detergent is safe for all dishwashers and will leave your dishes sparkling clean and disinfected too!
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Just ½ tablespoon of my homemade liquid dishwasher detergent will get your dishes clean, and this formula will also leave your kitchen smelling lemony fresh! If you are interested in the Mason Jar Pour Spout I use, you can find it HERE.
What You Will Need:
1 cup of Castile Soap (Click HERE to Purchase)
¼ cup of distilled water
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Click HERE to Purchase)
Mason Jar or other airtight container (Find Mason Jars and Pour Spouts HERE)
Start by pouring 1 cup of Castile Soap into your container.
Castile Soap is a vegetable oil based soap.
Next, add ¼ cup of distilled water.
Now add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Finish up with 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.
Give it a good stir.
Place a lid on it!
Your homemade liquid dishwasher detergent is ready to use! Just pour about 1 tablespoon into your dishwasher's detergent compartment and run as usual!
Extra Tip: Add distilled vinegar to your dishwasher where the rinse aid goes for spot free sparkling dishes!
If you'd like to print and use my Cleaning Labels, you can find them HERE for free!
You can find hundreds of Cleaning Hacks, Recipes and Home Tips HERE on my Home Tips Page!
If you would type the ingredients in a short list and include the directions we could make a copy of it since you don't know how to make printable copy. This would save us from having to write down all the recipes.
You should have your own list, yes? I keep a notebook. 😊
Susan Eitel-Bush says
Why do you use distilled water? Can you use filtered water since the water that flows into the dishwasher is regular tap water anyway?
Hi, Susan! I use distilled water in all of my homemade cleaning recipes because it helps the mixture last longer. Hope this helps! ~Jess
Can you use lemon juice from real lemons or does it have to be concentrate in the bottle?
Melissa Mensing says
Is it a requirement to use essential oils?
Hi, Melissa! You don't have too, but they do help with cleaning and disinfecting. Castile soap is a great cleaner on it's own with some water, so you can absolutely give that a try! ~Jess
Once again you were reading my mind. I hate paying $8 for a large bottle of detergent that does not last month!
I was just thinking this morning it was time to start searching for a homemade recipe.
Thank you again for somehow knowing what I need when I need it.
Not the first or the last I am sure.
Teresa Aimer says
I've used almost the same ingredients about six months ago to make a dishwasher detergent but it was to watery, is yours to watery? what could I of done wrong ?
I found with my water it leaves alot of soap bubbles, but i have made your tablets that can be used for toilet or dishwasher and they are totally amazing. Love your site ????
Kat Little says
Do you refrigerate it since it has lemon juice in it?
Ok, so O just made this recipe, but once I added the lemon juice into the castile soap/water mixture, it turned into white lumps and they wouldn’t mix... why??
You.. are amazing. Thank you so much, your website has helped me out immensely already, just wanted to start to share the love 🥰🖤🙏
Thank you so much...that means a lot! Jess
I left a comment before, but I don’t see it. I mixed this up and used it twice. Both times a white somewhat greasy film is on my dishes. What could be causing this? . Has anyone else had this happen? If so, I think my comment should not be deleted so that others will know this could happen.
That happened to me too. Wondering if I used too much? I didn't measure out one tablespoon when putting it in the dishwasher.
If you put the lemon JUICE that she recommended it probably unsoponified the soap, which leaves it a goopy mess. Essential oils are fine because they are oil based and do not effect the soap. But you can not add acids to Castile soap.
Exactly!! Using either Lemon juice or Vinegar will coagulate Any natural soap!
However. . . Adding some Glycerine may help to emulsify the mix, and using
a blender, hand mixer or stick blender would help keep it emulsified as well.
- I found this out because I make my Own castille soap. . .
I just got a brand new dishwasher & wanted to find formulas
for both Wet/Gel and Dry dishwasher soaps. . .
. . . To get a "Gel" type, I figure I will try adding a little Xanthan Gum to the mix.
Is this recipe safe to use in High Efficiency dishwasher?
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