I have fallen in love with making my own cleaning supplies. I am able to save so much money and I am using ingredients that aren’t harsh or dangerous. If my daughter picked up my antibacterial cleaner and drank the whole bottle it wouldn’t taste pleasant, but she would be just fine. Most of my store bought cleaners have been replaced with my own and I am working hard to replace them all. Today, I made a large batch of dish detergent cubes (I doubled the following recipe) in an attempt to stock up before having my 3rd child. I don’t want to have to worry about making or buying many supplies within the first few weeks with her so I am making my batches in bulk 🙂
This recipe is Borax free which is great because many people have adverse skin reactions to Borax. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, and other issues when ingested in large amounts. Having Borax in your dish detergent shouldn’t provide a large enough amount to cause any of these issues, but it isn’t a necessary ingredient so we just leave it out.
Dish Detergent Cubes
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda -reduces hard water effects, detergent cleaner
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-detergent cleaner
- 1 cup Morton Coarse Kosher Salt-reduces hard water effects
- 1/2 cup White Distilled Vinegar-holds all ingredients together, excellent cleaning product
- 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil-antibacterial, fragrance
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure that they are all combined well before moving to the next step to ensure consistency in your finished product.
- Slowly mix in the distilled white vinegar and lemon essential oil **Vinegar or lemon juice with baking soda will fizz and you can end up with a pretty awesome volcano if you aren’t careful so add the liquid slowly.** The mixture will be clumpy, but not sticky. It will feel similar to damp sand.
- Pack the mixture tightly into ice cube trays and let sit to dry for 24 hours.
- Flip the ice cube trays over and gently tap to release the tablets.
- Use one tablet per load. If the tablet won’t fit in your detergent compartment, just throw it in the bottom of the machine before starting the cycle and it works just the same. You can cut the cubes in half for smaller loads as well.
The only issue that I have had with this recipe is that some of the detergent on the bottom of the tabs might crumble off if you aren’t very gentle with them in storage. If you do end up with some powder on the bottom of your storage container, then you can just scoop that up and use it in another load as a powder detergent. It will have the same effect.
This recipe makes about 45 tablets.
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda- $3.81/box, 7 cups/box–>….$0.54/batch
- Arm & Hammer Baking soda- $6.04/box, 8 cups/box–>….$0.75/batch
- Kosher Salt- $2.47/box, 6 cups/box–>….$0.42/batch
- Distilled White Vinegar- $3.30/gallon, 16 cups/gallon–>…$0.20/cup…$0.10/batch
- Lemon Essential Oil-->$0.15
- Total–> $1.96/batch
$1.50 for 45 tablets=$0.04/load!
*Prices based on Walmart.com*
Since you can cut these in half for smaller loads so your cost/load could be even less than this.