Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax)

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.

Join My Newsletter

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax | Real Food RN

Homemade dishwasher detergent might sound crazy, but I am attempting to make everything that we use in our house from scratch. This way I can get the toxins out and save a little cash! Dishwasher detergent was next on my list but after searching for the “recipe” I kept coming up with ingredient lists that included Borax. I do use Borax in my homemade laundry detergent, but something about using it on our dishes just seemed wrong. I looked it up on the Environmental Working Group website and here is what I found:

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax) | Real Food RN

Egads! I do not want to bathe our dinnerware in a substance that causes endocrine disruption and that has negative reproductive effects! I just might have to change my laundry detergent formulary too. So, I searched a little more and found a recipe that did NOT include Borax.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax)

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (without Borax) | Real Food RN

Note: if you store your detergent in an area with high moisture, like under your sink, it can clump and even harden. To avoid this, simply put some rice in a sock and put it into the container or put some of these into the container to absorb the moisture and keep it a nice powder.

Here is where you can find the ingredients:

I bet you are wondering what the heck is in the other ingredients. Well, I looked that up too… 

Here is what I found out:

Lemi-Shine: the EWG didnt have a thing on their website and I found the actual Lemi-Shine website not to be very user friendly at all. But, then I found this guy (a chemist) and after much testing and analysis he decided that Lemi-Shine is harmless and, at the end of the day, its just citric acid. I'm cool with that. I took enough chemistry in college to appreciate his effort and take it for what its worth. I do not want to go back to the lab.

Super Washing Soda: harmless, its just sodium carbonate (made from salt and limestone). You can even make your own  washing soda by baking baking soda. The heat causes a chemical change. Pretty neat!

Baking Soda: harmless (c'mon, we put it in our food after all), its just sodium bicarbonate

Sea Salt: harmless, its salt!

So, after much investigation I have decided that this recipe is the one I am sticking with! It also has been getting my dishes super clean….without any endocrine disruption. Win, win! Use Homemade Dishwasher Detergent as you would with your regular dishwasher detergent.

CLICK HERE to Pin this post

Dishwasher Detergent.jpg

Learn More About Kate, Founder of Real Food RN

Hi! I'm Kate.

Registered Nurse. Mom. Real Foodie.

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.

 

LEARN MY STORY

Where I Went to School

Let's stay connected

Sign up now for everything you need to know, from delicious & healthy recipes to how to sleep better and more! Brighten your day with some REAL love to your inbox.

Recipes

Podcast Episodes

Motherhood

Take the first step to

Detox Your Life

In this step-by-step guide you'll learn exactly what common household products contain harmful toxins and how you can replace them with effective, safer, and chemical-free alternatives!

Includes Effective & Toxin-Free DIY Recipes for:

Baby and Kid Products

Dish Soaps

Laundry Detergents

Shampoos & Conditioners

Skin Care and Makeup

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

I am an RN, not an MD. The information on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. You can find out more in my Terms of Use & Disclosure.