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How to Make All Natural Dishwasher Pods!
August 4, 2016 | Home >Healthy Kids >How to Make All Natural Dishwasher Pods!

How to Make All Natural Dishwasher Pods!

These All Natural DIY Dishwasher Pods will change your life, pinky swear!  Take it from the food blogger who does dishes like there’s no tomorrow, these are simple to make out of household ingredients and THEY REALLY WORK!

How to Make All Natural Dishwasher Pods ~

Hi guys — it’s Sue from The View from Great Island and I’m here to change your life forever.  No, really.  There are no scarier 5 words in the English language than we’re out of dishwasher pods…especially when you can’t get out to the store to buy more right away.  It’s a nightmare scenario whether you’re a food blogger like me, or a busy parent with lots of mouths to feed.  We depend on our dishwashers for our sanity, and when we run out of dishwasher soap unexpectedly it can be really, really annoying.

All natural ingredients for making your own DIY Dishwasher Pods

I think we all know you can’t simply substitute liquid dish soap in the machine or you’ll wind up with a kitchen full of suds, and I’ve tried running the machine with nothing at all in the soap dispenser, desperately hoping to escape the misery of hand washing (spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.)  But guess what?  There’s a silver lining to all this.  It forced me to do a little research and realize that it is indeed possible to make your own dishwasher detergent.  Imagine, never having to drop another one of those insanely expensive bags into your shopping cart ever again.  Imagine not having to worry about your child mistaking one of them for a piece of candy when you’re not looking.  Imagine not having to think about chemicals, bleach, or who knows what else getting all over your dishes every day.

DIY Dishwasher Pods made from simple, all natural ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

What you’ll need:

  • baking soda
  • salt
  • distilled vinegar
  • natural dish soap
  • a silicone ice cube tray
How to make your own DIY Dishwasher Pods out of common household ingredients How to Make All Natural Dishwasher Pods!

In a bowl mix 1 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup salt.  Add 2 teaspoons of an all natural dish soap, and then enough vinegar to damped the mixture.  Start with 2 Tablespoons and mix well.   Add more vinegar until the mixture feels moist (but not wet) and holds together when you compress it between your fingers.  Then pack about one tablespoon of the mix into each opening of your silicone ice cube mold.  Tamp it down really firmly, I used the end of a wooden handle to really pack it in.  Now all you need to do is let it dry completely in a warm place.  This will take about 24-48 hours.  Gently remove the pods from the mold and store in a closed container.  Use as needed.  Makes approximately 15 pods.

After you’ve done your dishes, come visit me at The View from Great Island and let’s get cooking!  I post 3-4 times a week and I’m always bringing something new and delicious to the table.  Sign up on my email list HERE to get each new recipe delivered to your inbox!

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Sue Moran

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Yum Yucky says:

Very cool idea! Love this.

Karen says:

Do these work in hard water? I had to switch from Trader Joe’s Environmentally Safe powder because it started creating too much buildup. As much as I hate it, I’m now using Finish Powerball, which works well but I wish I could find an effective more natural alternative. (I’ve tried 7th Gen., Ecover and others too, but they don’t work well for me.)

Julie says:

Won’t the baking soda and vinegar react when mixed together? Or is that part of what makes it work when dried?

Kelly says:

Would Dr. Bronner’s work in place of the dish soap? I’m currently using grated, melted, then diluted castile soap bars (bc I had extra) as my dish soap. Thanks for any feedback!

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