How to Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pods that Actually Work

How to Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pods that Actually Work

Do you hate that the store-bought dishwasher detergent pods are so expensive? Do you have health or environmental concerns about the ingredients in dishwasher detergent pods? If so, you’re not alone! There are plenty of reasons to want to make your own homemade dishwasher detergent pods at home. This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to do it with four simple ingredients, which are safer and cheaper than many of the store-bought brands on the market today.


You’ll need a cup of baking soda, a cup of white vinegar, a tablespoon of dish soap, and some essential oils for scent. Mix the baking soda and vinegar together first, then add the dish soap and essential oils. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or silicone mold, and let it harden overnight. In the morning, pop out your dishwasher detergent pods and store them in an airtight container. To use one, just drop it into the top rack of your dishwasher as you would any other pod!

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First, gather your supplies. You’ll need a cup of Borax, a cup of washing soda, and a half-cup of citric acid. You’ll also need a silicone mold and some dish soap. Next, mix the Borax, washing soda, and citric acid together in a bowl. Then, add in the dish soap and mix until everything is combined. Now it’s time to fill your mold! Scoop the detergent mixture into the mold, being careful not to overfill it. Gently tap the bottom of the mold on your counter or table to release any air bubbles. Place the filled molds onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper and put them in an oven set at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

Let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the oven – then you’re ready to make dishes sparkle! Don’t worry about finding a use for the leftover Borax, Washing Soda, and Citric Acid either. Simply store them in sealable containers so they last longer. Remember to close the lids tightly after every use. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can still create homemade dishwasher detergent pods by pouring the ingredients into ice cube trays lined with parchment paper.

Use and Storage

This dishwasher detergent recipe is simple to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your home. The pods can be stored in an airtight container and will last for several months. To use, simply place one pod in the dishwasher detergent dispenser and run the cycle as usual. If there is still a film on dishes after running through the dishwasher, then it may need more cleaning power. In this case, add another pod or two (one per load) to get dishes sparkling clean! You can store any extra pods in the fridge or freezer until needed. When adding fresh pods, remember to always give them a good shake before putting them into the dishwasher so they don’t clump together.

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