Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe


1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

(Making washing Soda: Turn oven 204 C. Pour a thick (1/2 inch or so) layer of Bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring 1-2 times in the middle, or until it has changed in look and feel. Let cool and store in an air-tight jar. It has to be finer than the original form)

½ cup citric acid

½ cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)


1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Use 1 Tbsp per load (you can use a heaping tablespoon if you feel the need, but we do not).

Each batch yields 680g of detergent. We recommend storing in a container you were going to dispose of anyway, like an old yogurt container or coffee can you can fit under your kitchen sink. Feel free to double the batch, or multiply to create any amount you’d like.

For a DIY rinse agent, simply fill the compartment with white vinegar.

8 Rules for stain removal:


Although some stains will not be removed completely, these eight rules will help identify and remove stains with a lot more ease. There are unfotunately stains that cannot be removed and will only be lightened.

  1. Act swiftly
    The sooner you start working on a stain the easier it is to remove
  2. Follow the directions
    Always follow the directions on the cleaning chemicals you use. Read all the warnings
  3. Test in a hidden area
    Always choose a hidden spot on the clothing to see whether the chemicals will damage the fabric.
  4. Remove stains from the back
    Stains happen from the front of clothing, so when you remove it you will do it from the back (the inside)
  5. Be wary of bleach
    Bleach removes the colour from coloured fabrics and can damage delicate fabrics.
  6. Don't mix cleaning products
    Mixing cleaning chemicals can cause damage to your clothing. It can also cause chemical reactions
  7. Wash treated items
    Only after doing stain treatments wash the clothing. Wash immediately after treatment as leaving chemicals on clothing for too long can damage it
  8. Patience is a virtue
    Some stains will not be removed after just one treatment and may require more than one treatment.