These dishwasher pods are very easy to make and let me tell you, they do a great job cleaning your dishes!  Chemical free dishwasher pods at Whole Foods or the health food store are quite costly… about $5-8 for 1 bag of 20. You can make more than 5 times that amount for the same cost by making this recipe.



1 cup Washing Soda

1 cup baking soda

1 cup Kosher Salt or table salt

½ cup distilled white vinegar

5 TBSP lemon juice’

10-15 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together…mixture will foam slightly when mixing in the beginning. When mixture feels like wet sand or a sandy wet play dough consistency, place about 1 Tbsp of the mixture into an ice cube tray and let completely dry. This recipe takes several hours to completely dry out. When cubes are dried, pop out of mold and use as you would a regular dishwasher pod.

Store in an airtight container. Recipe will make about 30-35 pods.

*I use silicon ice cube trays for this recipe (link below). The pods pop out easier that way but you can use a standard ice cube tray too. Another fun thing you could do is to use a candy mold to shape these.


Silicon Ice Cube Trays

Washing Soda:

Easy and Effective Rinse Aid for Dishwasher

This is ridiculously simple, but just fill your dishwasher rinse agent dispenser with distilled white vinegar (no more than 5% acetic acid). That’s it and it works great! Cheap and effective and great for the environment!



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