Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent

Once upon a time…

I thought there would never be a dishwasher detergent that actually got my dishes clean.

You know…company-is-coming-over -this-is-not-a-drill clean.

However, once I realized it wasn’t the dishwasher’s fault (installing a new dishwasher is a great way of figuring this out for sure), I started the search.

I guess my first clue that there was something really wrong was when the smell of the kind you squirt into the little dishwasher spot stung my eyes.

No, none of it touched it. I was legit only doing the squeeze thing. From a safe distance. Really.

So, I switched to “Green” brands thinking this would solve our problem.


White, filmy nastiness that was embarrassing to get out of the cupbord. Strong smells still. Rewashing every dish by hand, which you know I don’t like doing.

I was a silent sufferer, living the sad life as the Nasty Dish Lady until I started going non-toxic.

You’ll be surprised at what I found on where they rate products A-F like this:

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My new “safe” one is listed here. I felt defeated.

In that moment, I heard every person who ever said, “Everything gives you cancer anymore. Just get what works…”

See if yours is here, too.







I’d never heard of the Naked one, but come on…you’re not naked! You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing which is, you know…the opposite of being naked.

But wait! There’s hope!

While there were 18 that ranked an “A” these are the only brands I’ve seen walking the aisles of the store. You have to read and look closely, but they are usually there.

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The only problem I have with those is how much they cost.

Before I knew about this crazy simple and cheap DIY recipe, I didn’t mind because you do what you’ve gotta do, but now I turn to this recipe every couple months when I run out.

Yep. Every couple months!

Only one tablespoon per load does the trick!

What you need:

A Mason Jar

1 1/2 C Washing Soda

1 C Citric Acid

1/2 C Baking Soda

1/2 C Sea Salt

Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Pour into your mason jar.

HELPFUL HINT: Use Vinegar as your rinse aid!




See? Vinegar. So worth it. Simple to use,

4 thoughts on “Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent

    1. The link in the recipe is safe, but I always check Think Dirty (a free app) or before I try a recipe! 🙂

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