DIY Dishwashing Tablets Recipe

Posted by Lana Armstrong on

Have you ever wondered what the ingredients are in your dishwashing tablets? If not then maybe it’s time to, given they wash the utensils and plates etc that we eat off, a bunch of chemicals that I can’t even pronounce probably shouldn’t be going into our bodies.

I spent a bit of time trying to find out on manufacturers websites what the ingredients are of the dishwashing tablets you purchase from the supermarket, and guess what, no one was proud enough to post it on their website! Given that fact I am definitely happy to make my own, especially when it takes as little as 2 or 3 minutes to make my own and 24 – 48 hours to set and costs approximately 18c a tablet to make (not including essential oils)

The AMAZING Krissy from The Inspired Little Pot has shared her recipe for you free of charge. You can find her recipe here

I use the ice cube trays available from Kmart and most supermarkets and I store them in an air tight jar that you can also find at Kmart.

Here is my slight variant of Krissy's recipe: 

100g Himalayan Pink Rock Salt (Fine salt is preferred but rock will also work)

200g Natural Pure Borax

300g Natural Washing Soda

300g Citric Acid

30 drops of essential oil (I like to use Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange or Lavender)


  • Add all ingredients to a large glass bowl and mix well. (If you are using rock salt you can grind this up in a high powered blender and then when its a fine consistency add the remainder ingredients and mix well)
  • Pour into your ice cube trays evenly and allow to set for 24-48 hours.


I keep mine on my kitchen bench on a oven tray with a tea towel over them while they set. Once they set simply pop them out carefully and place in a glass air tight container. If for some strange reason yours haven’t set (I am yet to have a batch that hasn’t set) You can simply use this powder and pop approximately a tablespoon in the soap dispenser of your dishwasher. This makes approximately  36– 42 tablets for me but this will depend on the size of the ice cube trays you use.

I also use vinegar in my rinse aid department rather than Rinse Aid.

If you would like to watch how easy it is to make the Dishwashing tablets check out my Facebook video


As this is a DIY recipe it is your choice to use in your dishwasher and if you are concerned it may void your warranty of your dishwasher contact the manufacturer. All liability remains with you to make the best decision on the use of these tablets. We are comfortable using them in our own machine and I can only imagine what is in the ones we buy commercially if they won’t disclose what is in them so that is why we chose to make our own.

We also have a pack available to purchase  that contains all the ingredients you need to make your own dish washing tablets (except the Essential Oils)-  DIY Dishwashing Tablet Pack  You can also purchase all ingredients individually by cliking on the link of each ingredient in the recipe above. 

We recommend using gloves and safety glasses if you have sensitive skin when preparing or mixing. Seek medical attention if required. Keep out of the reach of children.


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