7 Eco-Friendly Homemade Detergent Recipes To Save Money

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Have you tried to make homemade detergents? Well, we have some recipes and different options to make your DIY detergents. Of course, the recipes below have different ingredients. You need to try these recipes because the ingredients are easy to find.

Hand Dishwashing Liquid

Soaps that you purchase for washing dishes by hand can include chemicals just like dishwasher detergents. Instead of buying those plastic bottles, you can simply make your own. Note that you can use any bar soap that you want in this recipe. You will need to grate the bar soap if you choose to use that as opposed to soap flakes.

  • A 4-ounce bar of soap or 4 ounces of plain soap flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of essential oil – any scent that you want
  • 8 cups of water – you can also use herbal tea if you want a dishwashing soap that is good for your skin


  • Free a bar of soap and grate it
  • Choose a soap that is natural with no specific smell to avoid conflicting scents
  • Heat the water or herbal tea and wait until it is ready to steam
  • Remove from the stove and add the soap as well as the essential oils
  • Mix together and let it for 8 hours
  • Once they are thoroughly cooled, put it in a container.

Old Fashioned Dish Soap

Another twist on the recipe for homemade dish soap uses just soap flakes and water. Note that you can also use grated soap if you prefer.

  • About a pint of grated bar soap or soap flakes
  • 1 gallon of water


  • You need to put these ingredients in a pot and heat over medium until they begin to boil.
  • Keep stirring until all the soap has melted and then lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Let it cool and then pour into your chosen container.
  • It takes only about a teaspoon of the liquid for each sink full of hot water.

Powdered Dishwasher Detergent Recipes

This recipe is for an automatic dishwasher. The recipes use the same basic ingredients but with different options, so you can choose the best for you.

1. Powdered Dishwasher Detergent


  • 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 cup of Arm and Hammer washing soda
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup citric acid


  • You just have to pour all of the ingredients together and mix them well.
  • To use, just place 1 tablespoon of the powder into the dishwasher for each load.
  • Note that if you want sparkling clean dishes; simply add white vinegar to your rinse aid dispenser. This helps to make your dishes sparkly and takes away any leftover odors as well, plus it’s good for your dishwasher because the vinegar keeps it clean.

2. Lemony Scent Dishwasher Detergent

The recipe comes with LemiShine to give a nice lemony scent to your dishes. Otherwise, replace the LemiShine with the unsweetened lemonade or 4 packs of the lemon-flavored drink mix with no sugar.

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups washing power – You can also just use 2 cups of baking soda here if you want
  • 4 tablespoons LemiShine


  • Just mix the ingredients together and then store them in a tightly lidded container.
  • Use 2 tablespoons in each dishwasher load.
  • Note that if you have hard water you can cut the Borax down to about 1 ½ cups for better results.

3. Quick Dishwashing Detergent

Do you have no normal dishwashing detergent? Why do not make a large batch of the dishwashing detergent at home? Well, you can try to follow the recipe here.

  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon washing soda
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Just mix the ingredients together and put in your dishwasher.
  • This is great for those times when you really do not have time to mix up an entire batch and just need to get a few dishes washed quickly.

Homemade Dishwasher Gel

Move to the next option, we have the couple recipes to get your dishes clean. It is because these recipes are in form of a gel. If you cannot afford the dishwasher gel at the store, it is the time to make it at home with simple ingredients.

1. Gel Dishwasher Solution

This works wonderfully on any dishes and helps to cut grease. Although it is always a good idea to pre-rinse your dishes before you put them into the dishwasher, you really do not have to with this recipe. It works just like that expensive drop in gel tabs but costs load less (pun intended).

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup soap flakes or grated soap shavings
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar – you can substitute lemon juice if you want


  • Simply add these ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  • Once all the soap is thoroughly dissolved, remove from heat and allow it to cool completely before placing in a glass container.
  • Use 1 tablespoon each time you run your dishwasher.

2. Dishwasher Gel

This second recipe uses castile soap which is a vegetable-based soap so it is very natural. It also calls for LemiShine but again, you can substitute lemonade mix if you want. This is mostly for scent so it is entirely up to you whether or not you add anything with lemon.

  • 2 cups castile soap
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon LemiShine – or your alternative
  • 3 or 4 drops of essential oil – your choice of scents


  • Just mix these ingredients together over medium heat until the soap is completely dissolved
  • Once it cools, store in an airtight glass container and use 1 tablespoon for each dishwasher load.

Well, it is easy to save your money and make your environment in better control. What you should do is to choose the recipe above and start to make your dishwasher detergent at home. Each of the recipes above is possible to make in just five to ten minutes. Besides, a batch of detergent is the same as the entire bottle of store-bought detergent.