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Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

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On my quest to make more of the things I use at home, I decided to try my hand at making my own Homemade Dishwasher Tabs. I've made Homemade Bath Fizzies, Homemade Laundry Detergent, and more! I love knowing exactly what goes into the products I make and not having to always run to the store because I can make big batches at a time.

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At first I had a hard time finding the citric acid locally but then I remembered that I had Amazon Prime, After doing some searching I was able to pick up a 5lb bag of citric acid and have it shipped for free. So I bought the bag, waited for it to arrive to use and that is when one of my friends suggested powdered lemonade packets. Well now that is something I would have never thought about using and it is so cheap to buy.

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Now you can make this recipe with either or and the decision is up to you. I for one am looking to use products that have as less ingredients as possible and as safe as possible ( well as much as you can be). This is also why I don't use borax because if ingested in high amounts it can cause vomiting and nausea. Which is kinda scary and in case any film is left on the dishes I just want to be safe. Then I started thinking about all that stuff that is in the store bought ones that I have been using forever YIKES!

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Any who, this recipe is kinda fun and well it kinda left me feeling Martha Stewart and my daughter had a blast helping me make it. I added some Young Living Lemon Oil to leave my dishwasher smelling great.

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Yield: 12

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This DIY Dishwasher Tab Mix is such a frugal alternative to store-bought tabs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes


  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1-2 Cups Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 3 lemonade Kool Aid packets or 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 15 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the water and vinegar and mix together; it will fizz a little bit.
  3. Mix in Young Living lemon oil.
  4. Put mixture into an ice cube tray and pack down with your thumb. (Make sure to make them so they will fit into your soap dispenser in the dishwasher.) Let sit until dry (about 24hrs). Store in a sealed bag or container.


Store in a sealed container. Keep away from children/store in a child-proof and pet-proof area or container. Label to ensure tabs are not mistaken for food.

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  1. Does this work with really hard water? I’ve always had issues with homed dishwasher detergent bc of how hard our water is

  2. we have such soft water here home made tabs never work. I’m gonna give these a try tho

  3. how much does this make and at what price? Basically, what is the price comparison buying verses making them?
    Also, is the lemon oil necessary?

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