DIY Dishwasher Tablets. The secret ingredient in these homemade dishwasher tablets leaves dishes and glasses sparkling clean, with no clouding or spotting.
For years I’ve been making many of my own household cleaners, my favorite is the laundry detergent, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to experiment with making my own dishwasher detergent.
Our dishwasher’s manufacturer suggested using dishwasher tablets, more specifically the ones from Finish. Besides having to come up with a good dishwasher detergent recipe I had to find a way to bind the detergent together to form tablets.
After experimenting with several online recipes I came up with the best homemade dishwasher tablets, ever! The secret to these amazing tablets is something that I’ve been using in my laundry for years.
DIY Dishwasher Tablets
Makes 72 tablets
2 cups washing soda
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salt
6 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons Mrs. Stewart’s liquid bluing
large mixing bowl
ice cube trays
Step 1: Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl using a rubber spatula.
Step 2: Stir in the wet ingredients, mix thoroughly.
For those of you that have never heard of liquid bluing, it’s a non-toxic, bio-degradable liquid that you add to your wash water to restore whiteness without harming the fibers like bleach does. It can be found in the same isle as the laundry detergent. It has several other uses as well, I’ve been using it in my dish water ever since I read the label and found out how it adds shine to your dishes.
Adding Mrs. Stewart’s liquid bluing to the dishwasher detergent doesn’t just help to shine the dishes but it also acts as a binder to hold the tablets together. When you’re mixing the liquid bluing in with the dry ingredients it become a dark blue. However, as the tablets dry the blue color will fade.
Step 3: Measure one tablespoon of the mixed ingredients into each compartment of an ice cube tray.
Step 4: Pack the mixture down into the ice cube tray and place in a warm place for 48 hours or until completely dry.
HINT: To dry, place the ice cube trays in a warm area. I like to place them in the trunk of my car on a hot day. They will be completely dry within 24 hours.
Step 5: Remove from ice cube trays and store in a air-tight container.
- 2 cup washing soda
- 2 cup baking soda
- ½ cup epsom salt
- 6 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Mrs. Stewart's liquid bluing
- Combine dry ingredients
- Stir in wet ingredients, mix thoroughly.
- Measure 1 tablespoon of mixed ingredients into each compartment of an ice cube tray.
- Pack it down and place in a warm place for 48 hours or until completely dry.
Use 1 tablet per load.
Store in a dark, dry place.
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