These homemade dishwasher tablets will not only save you money, they’ll also save your health and the planet!
Many dishwashing powders and liquids contain a whole host of chemicals that are both terrible for the environment and our own health.
Most of these product are derived from petrochemicals and contain synthetic fragrances (even when advertised as “fragrance-free”). The chemicals in these products get into our waterways and damage aquatic life, and also release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into our homes, which can cause short-and long-term health effects.
There are plenty of other advantages to making your own homemade dishwashing tablets, too. The most obvious one is the amount of money you’ll save, followed by the packaging and plastics you’re not buying and bringing into your home.
Also, reducing the toxicity of the spent water produced during the dishwashing process means you can implement a greywater irrigation system without compromising the health of your plants and soil.
And, if you have the skills and ingredients to produce homemade dishwashing tablets, there’s also the benefit of reducing the reliance you and your family has on large supply chains. Which is why having a really simple but effective recipe, like the one here, is particularly useful.
How to make homemade dishwasher tablets
- 1 cup bi-carb soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1 tbsp plain white vinegar
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- Silicone ice cube mould or tray
Add the bi-carb soda, citric acid and sea salt to a large bowl and mix until combined.
Add the essential oils, mix through, then add the vinegar to the mixture and stir through thoroughly.
Spoon the mixture into your mould and press down firmly until it’s well packed.
Leave to set for 12 hours in a cool and dry place.
Once set, turn the mould upside down and gently tap the bottom to remove the tablets. They should pop out easily.
Store tablets in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
To use, add your homemade dishwasher tablets to your dishwasher tablet compartment or if they’re too large the cutlery drawer.