DIY Low Tox Dishwashing Tablets

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I don’t know about you, but I get seriously frustrated with all the toxins, rubbish fillers and chemicals that commercial brands have in their dishwashing options. If you stop and think about what we are constantly washing our dishes and kitchen utensils in – you’ll feel the same. But you don’t have to worry about creating or searching for a ‘green’ alternative – I have created a recipe for you.

I have hunted around. I have tried and tested. There are seriously so many ways to make these – and you just need to find what works for you. I have found my favourite after several tweaks. Will it be your favourite too?

Its a very simple recipe, even my 8 year old can make them – so I have absolute faith in you! I choose to add in my very favourite essential oils for a beautiful fresh smell. If you’d like to know more about my choice in EO’s, or to grab some for yourself; click here.

Are you ready to get your hands ‘dirty’? (pardon the pun, but you know what I mean)

This recipe is one from my ‘Green Cleaning’ Ebook.

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Dishwasher Tablets

Makes 24 tablets


50g salt (or rock salt milled to powder)

150g washing soda

125g citric acid

100g borax

35 drops citrus bliss essential oil (or lemon, orange, lime, tea tree, eucalyptus etc)

1 T OnGuard cleaning concentrate (optional, alternatively use 1/2 T water)

Silicone ice cube or mini-muffin tray


1.      Combine all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, stirring with a spoon, ensuring all lumps are removed and well combined – try not to ‘dust up’ the mixture.

2.      Add in essential oil, then add in OnGuard concentrate. Blend well.

3.      Using a tablespoon/dessertspoon, scoop mixture into a silicone mini muffin tray, and pack in firmly with back of spoon.

4.      Leave the mix to set and harden in a cool place for 1-2 days. Mixture needs to be quite firm and dry to touch.

5.      Gently turn the tray upside down over a tea towel or cutting board  and tap lightly so tablets fall out. Don’t waste those crumbs; Use them in your next wash!

6.      Store in a glass jar, or airtight container under the sink.

7.      Use one tablet per wash – in the dispenser or just pop it on the bottom of the dishwasher. You can use White vinegar in the rinse cycle as a rinse aid solution.

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And you’re done!!! I love the smell of these tablets, and am impressed that I can also use white vinegar in the rinse cycle to help the glasses and cutlery keep their shine – sometimes I have a few water marks left on my glassware; but I’m much more comfortable with that knowing there aren’t any harmful chemicals on the dishes anymore.

Now get creating; all the ingredients can be found in your local supermarket in the laundry or dishwashing aisles. Enjoy!

JT xx


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