MYO Dishwasher Deteregent

Since starting off on this journey to be more eco friendly I found the easiest place to start was our cleaning products. I typically only use good ole fashion vinegar and water to clean and disinfect on cleaning day. I have also ventured into the MYO world on certain things such as hand soap and laundry detergent. The next thing I wanted to tackle was dishwasher detergent. In my family we make dinner almost every single night (eating out is very rare) and I am obsessed with having at least 3 “courses”. This leads to a bunch of dishes. Which in turn leads to running the dishwasher 3-4 times a week. It gets pretty expensive to keep stocked with cleaning solution. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pods that you just throw in the main wash compartment and you are good to go. I do not love the price tag on that product. So my mission became scouring the web to find recipes to make my own. I found a few recipes and found one that I liked and jotted down the ingredients on my weekly grocery shopping list.




1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Arm & Hamer Washing Soda

1/4 cup Kosher Sea Salt

2 Packets of unsweetened lemonade flavor Kool-Aid


Put all the ingredients in whatever container you will use and mix well. I used an old large jar from pickle that I had laying around. It worked out well because I just tossed the stuff in there put on the lid and shook it like a crazy woman.

Than it was time for the real test… the wash. We pre-rinse everything prior to putting it in the dishwasher almost to the point that they are practically clean. The first experimental load was no different. I placed a tablespoon of the mix in the main wash compartment and a little less than a tablespoon in the prewash. I washed the load on my normal wash setting with a heat dry. When it was all done I was so excited to see sparkling clean dishes.


The dishes were clean but had a white filmy residue all over. I went back to the website to read the comments to see if anyone else had that issue. A few people suggested using less soap, vinegar as a rinse, a hotter wash setting…. I tried them all and no dice. So here I am admitting on the World Wide Web my failure at making dishwashing detergent. I think it may be due to the fact we have very hard water. Either way I went and bought some more of those tabs and had to hand wash and dry most of the already washed dishes to get the residue off. I want to open this up to our readers… have you tried any MYO products that worked well for you?


* I believe this recipe can absolutely work in the right circumstances. Unforuntalely it just did not work for me. This post was is no way meant to say that this particular method is poor or failed. 

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  1. Ashley -  May 9, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Had the same issue but I just started with equal amounts of baking soda (not washing soda) and Borax. That didn’t work so I switched to 2 parts baking soda to 1 Borax. I also have to use a little sprinkle of normal dishwasher soap too. Worked wonderful in my VERY hard water in UT and works great here too. In fact the times I’ve used JUST dishwasher soap my dishes literally don’t get clean at all. I also recommend using Lemishine every few washes with everything or in place of the dishwasher soap if you have hard water or notice you get a film or glasses don’t get very clean. You just need to use a little sprinkle and it helps.

  2. Amanda M S -  May 9, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    LOL I was really excited to see a recipe for dishwasher soap! hahaha. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. We use the pods too. I try to find coupons and buy a couple bags when they’re on sale.

  3. Meagan -  May 9, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    I made a HUGE batch of something very similar to this and it has been an epic fail for us too. almost always having to leave things in for another wash and that icky film i am all to familar with at this point. I decided that buying the pods in bulk at sams was a better option for us.

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