Originally posted on my old website and moved to The Hot Mess Kitchen for our…
DIY Dish Detergent Cubes! I pinned a few recipes on Pinterest to make these, but hesitated due to the variation of ingredients per recipe. The last box of store-bought dish detergent left me with a choice to either purchase the store brand again or make my own.
How hard could this be? I have been whipping up batches of my own laundry detergent over at Scissor Saving Sarah (which is awesome by the way) and would like to stop spending so much money on things that I can make myself.
I had a few of the ingredients on hand for DIY Dish Detergent Cubes, but decided to mix it up a bit and try the cube form.
- a few plastic ice cube trays
- a large mixing bowl
- 1 c. and 1/2 c. measuring cups
- distilled vinegar
- Epsom Salt
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
Mix together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
Then, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to mixture and mix well.
It will fizz a little when you first mix it in. Make sure to take a whisk or fork and mix well. You are going for a clumpy crumbly texture. I had to mix the ingredients for about 2 minutes to make sure the vinegar mixed with all of the powered ingredients in the bowl.
I have had experiences with mixtures in the past getting rock hard. I wanted a cube form dish detergent to match what I normally buy at the store. A few old plastic ice-cube trays worked well for getting the shape and size that I wanted in these DIY Dish Detergent Cubes.
TIP: I used about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture per each cube. You will need to let these sit in the tray and dry for about 48 hours before use.
Testing them out –
I tried a few plastic cups and glass cups in the first round of DIY Dish Detergent Cubes. I had made sure to clean my dishwasher first using a commercial grade cleaner bought from Sears. I wanted to make sure I started with a clean dishwasher on the first try.
The Results –
The glasses are clean and streak free. The plastics were left with a slight film. I included vinegar as a rinse aide in the second batch and problem solved!
My Opinion –
DIY Dish Detergent Cubes are inexpensive to make. You can find a printable coupon from the internet for most of the ingredients that were used. I purchased my ingredients at Wal-Mart and then scanned my receipt with the Savings Catcher app to make sure I did not miss any savings when compared to other stores. My next batch of DIY Dish Detergent Cubes I may try a few drops of essential oils as other recipes had suggested. Mine did not really have a bad smell, but could probably use some improvement in that department over all.
Until the next Hot Mess…..