Home Made Dishwasher Powder

I was recently teaching about Sugar-Free Jam making at the Bracken Ridge Library and, as usual, got chatting afterwards with like-minded people about making things yourself, helping the environment and the hip pocket at the same time. The below recipe was emailed to me by a lovely lady names Beverley and I wanted to share this with you all.

Recipe (modified slightly four ease of use)

  • One cup Bi carb soda (baking soda)
  • One cup washing soda (sodium carbonate, powdered not crystals)
  • Half a cup of citric acid
  • Half a cup of salt


Mix the above ingredients all together and then use one tablespoon for a load of dishes. Use white vinegar instead of rinse aid.

This is a much safer option than the chemical detergents you get in the grocery store, benefiting both you and the environment. It also costs less to make your own, so save yourself some money and mix yourself up a batch.


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4 Replies to “Home Made Dishwasher Powder”

  1. I have used this recipe for about 6 mths now and love it. Gets the dishes lovely and clean. I also use a couple of drops of essential oil for a lovely fragrance. Haven’t used white vinegar as a rinse aid but will be now. What a great idea. Sure beats all those chemicals.

    1. Yes, you can. We have citric acid in our store at Green Living Australia. washing Soda is available at Woolworths.


  2. This is very similar to the one I use in the washing machine for clothes except I also add a grated bar of sunlight soap.
    100 g baking sofa
    100g citric acid
    200g washing Skoda
    50g sea salt
    1 bar sunlight soap grated

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