Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – Pros and Cons

Almost every household uses a dishwasher and that is why there are so many different detergents on the market today. For this reason, if you are one of those who run your dishwasher daily or every other day, it is important to invest in a good detergent that is environmentally friendly and cost effective. You can either choose to use store-bought detergent or homemade detergent. However, there are certainly many reasons to go organic.

So, in order to decide on what is the wisest choice (conventional or DIY dishwasher detergents) let’s see some pros and cons first.


  • Easy to make

There is a simple method on how to make your own dishwasher detergent. You just need to mix all the ingredients, let it rest for some time and then it’s ready to use. You can make one that will last you for a week in less than 30 minutes. What’s more, all the ingredients needed are usually available at most stores.

  • It is Eco-friendly

Most store bought dishwasher detergents are not nature friendly because they are not made from natural ingredients. However, DIY detergents have no harsh chemicals or toxins that could be dangerous to you and your family’s health making it ideal for people who suffer from skin allergies. They also don’t pollute the environment because there are no pungent or unpleasant scents or added perfumes.

  • Inexpensive

Depending on the detergent recipe you go for, at a penny or so per load, you simply cannot beat homemade dishwasher detergent. The ingredients are affordable and you don’t need any special tools to make it.

  • Cleans as well if not better than a conventional detergent.


  • Finding the best ingredients is not easy if you live in a small town with limited stores. But you can always buy them online.
  • Borax, a very common ingredient used in making homemade detergent, does contain a certain level of toxicity despite being natural.
  • Sometimes the detergent you make may fail to clean your dishes properly.


Though homemade dishwasher detergent is safe and environmental friendly, it does not mean that it is the best at getting your dishes sparkling clean. Most people still prefer the organic detergent you can find in stores.

There are many all-natural and affordable dishwasher detergents available on the market, so, at the end of the day, the choice is yours.

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