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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid

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SAVE YOURSELF from those powder/gel chemical pods and liquids used to clean your dishes!

We wouldn’t think to pop one of those pods in our mouth or drink that thick ugly yellow liquid, but we’ll wash our dishes with it?! While we’re at it … why not add a chemical rinse agent to the dishwasher so the last thing that touches our dishes is harmful to our health!

Full disclosure here … I was MORE than skeptical to try a homemade dishwasher detergent. Really, how good could it be? The answer to that?  AMAZINGLY AWESOME!


DO NOT fill the entire liquid detergent compartment in your dishwasher with this solution – you only need to use 1 TBSP. If you use more, you could have a bubbly mess everywhere … just sayin.

The detergent will gel up, so BEFORE EACH — USE shake the mixture a few times to break up any clumps of soap that has gelled together.

Rise Aid Option(s)

Option 1 (soft water): Pour 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher and wash as usual.

Option 2 (hard water): You can also add 2 TBSP of concentrated lemon juice to the detergent department (right on top of the dishwashing detergent) and wash as usual.


DO NOT pour distilled white vinegar into the rinse agent dispenser in your dishwasher, the acid in the vinegar is not compatible with the cheap rubber gaskets used in newer models and will destroy the seal.


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