DIY Citrus Dishwasher Powder

We’ve had a few emails asking for the dish powder recipe that was in the newsletter last year, so here it is again for anyone who missed it. Of course you can use our ready make Lemon Dish Powder but it is fun and a little less expensive to make your own.

This recipe will start to harden over time, you need to keep the lid tightly closed on what ever container you put it in and if you have any of those little absorbent silica packets lying around this it the perfect time to use them, placing a couple in with the powder will help to stop it going solid. If you do by chance end up with a solid powder, you can either re-blend it or do what I do, use a butter knife to loosen it up, it will still work just fine solid or not.

Commercial dish wash powders and tablets have some terrible ingredients, last year I looked into the ingredients contained in Finish Powerball and couldn’t believe how many were highly toxic.

There are 25 known ingredients (most of them terrible for the environment and you) as listed on EWG’s site; the product comes with a hazard warning and the Material Safety Data Sheet is seven pages long! Choosing to go natural is is a big step on the path to keeping your family, yourself and our plant safe from these types of nasty allergens and pollutants.

Fortunately there’s only four ingredients in this recipe for Citrus Dishwasher Powder, and one tub does more than 60 washes. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own you can always buy our ready made Lemon Dishwasher Powder here. 

Citrus Dishwasher Powder*

1 ½ cup of borax

¼ cup of citric acid (purchase from the supermarket)

4 drops sweet orange essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

Place all in a container with a good lid and shake until thoroughly combined, pop in a couple of silica sachets (I save mine from packets of tortillas and the like) this will help to keep dishwasher powder powdery, if it does go a little hard give it a few stabs with a butter knife and a really good shake. This powder will never be all that powdery due to the ingredients, but it doesn’t need to be rock hard either.

Use 1 Tbsp per load. And fill up the rinse compartment with Wendyl’s Double Strength White Vinegar for sparkly dishes.

*If you live in a area with hard water you may find you need to add 2 Tbsp of Soda Ash to this recipe, try the recipe and adjust if necessary.


Comments 6

  1. Awhile ago I had filled the rinse section with vinegar aND then read it can damage parts. Is your vinegar significantly different as the person who posted hint did a retraction. Leaves me unsure. I save my squeezed half lemons now and poP in dishwasher instead

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      Hi Debbie, I’ve used shite vinegar in the dishwasher in the last two houses with no trouble at all, when you look at what’s in regular dish wash powder and rinse aid (full of toxic chemicals) you’d think that would harm the dishwasher but it’s recommended to use it. I can not see what white vinegar would do that’s harmful. Our Premium White Vinegar is 9.9% whilst regular white vinegar is around 4.9%. Hope that helps. Triona

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      Yes you can other oils, I love the citrus scent as it’s so clean and fresh but your choice of oils will be fine

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