A few months ago, I shared my recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent, and it was a huge hit! A few readers have emailed me or commented asking if I knew how to make homemade dishwasher tabs, and I am happy to report, I finally found an easy way to make your own that actually works! Believe me, I tested a few methods that were not so great. These dish tabs not only do a fabulous job, they smell great too!
Here is what you will need to yield 16-20 dishwasher tablets...
½ Cup of Borax
½ Cup of Washing Soda
½ Cup of Baking Soda
½ Cup of Citric Acid
½ Cup of Kosher Salt
15 Drops of Lavendar Essential Oil
15 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
¼ Cup of Water (may not use all of it)
An Ice Cube Tray
Mix all of the ingredients together with a whisk except the water. Mix really well, making sure that the oils are mixed well with the dry ingredients.
Slowly mix in water, a little bit at a time. I start with about a tablespoon, mix really well, then check the consistancy. Keep adding water until you can form a loose snowball. DO NOT OVER WATER OR THEY WON'T DRY WELL.
Once your mixture is the right consitancy, fill your ice cube tray, pressing down to be sure there are no air pockets.
Let them dry for 12 - 24 hours. Once they are finished, you should be able to lightly turn your tray and they will drop out like ice cubes.
You can store them in a baggie or jar, just be sure they don't get wet until you are ready to use them!
I love that I can now make my own dish tabs...it means I have added yet one more item in our home that isn't full of unknown chemicals, they smell absolutely amazing and I don't have to run to the store every time I run out...I can just make more!
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