Homemade Dishwasher Soap Tablets

This recipe is made from less caustic ingredients than many of the dishwasher detergents you'll find on the supermarket shelf.

Keyword homemade dishwasher soap, natural dishwasher soap
Author Claudie Evert


  • 1 cup washing soda In the laundry aisle at the grocery store
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 15 drops of essential oil optional - citrus is good
  • spray bottle filled with water


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, making sure to break up any chunks.
  2. Add optional essential oil.

  3. Mix until well-combined. The mixture should be slightly damp. If it still needs more moisture, or if you're not using essential oil, use a spray bottle to spritz on a little at a time. Don't add too much water!

    damp mixture in a glass bowl for making homemade dishwasher soap
  4. Press firmly into ice cube tray or mold. You can do a test with just one tablet to make sure it holds its shape before adding more water.

  5. Allow to dry completely, then remove from molds. Store in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

Note: These images show homemade dishwasher soap tablets made with a bit of food coloring for photography purposes.