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Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Instead of paying $7 for a similar sized bag of store bought dishwasher tabs this homemade version runs me less than $1 for the same amount – a substantial savings! They work just as well as name brand too so you aren't sacrificing quality.

If you already make your own laundry soap you should have most of these ingredients on hand, and a quick trip to the produce stand for a lemon will finish it off. You could also use an orange, or a lime to toss up the scent, just remember add the juice slowly so you can control the texture (oranges obviously yield a lot more juice).

I also purchased a 2-pack of ice cube trays from the Dollar Tree to use as molds for my tablets. This recipe makes 28 tablets (2 ice cube trays).

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Supplies

How to Make Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients, including lemon zest.
  2. Add juice of lemon a bit at a time until mixture is wet and crumbly but holds together somewhat when gently molded with your hands.
  3. Press mixture into ice cube trays, filling them a little more than ¾ of the way full.
  4. Allow to dry, depending on the humidity it could take up to 24 hours
  5. Pop tablets out of tray when thoroughly dry and store in a cool, dry space. I put mine in a pretty glass jar right on the counter.

If you have made some of them a little bigger than your dishwasher soap dispenser will hold ,just crumble it a bit or toss into the bottom of your washer.

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Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients, including lemon zest.
  2. Add juice of lemon a bit at a time until mixture is wet and crumbly but holds together somewhat when gently molded with your hands.
  3. Press mixture into ice cube trays, filling them a little more than ¾ of the way full.
  4. Allow to dry, depending on the humidity it could take up to 24 hours
  5. Pop tablets out of tray when thoroughly dry and store in a cool, dry space. I put mine in a pretty glass jar right on the counter.

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

1 Comment

  1. Lyndsey R. on March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Awesome! Going to try this for sure! Thanks!

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