Since I love my DIY laundry pods, I decided it was time to make my own DIY Dishwasher Pods. They’re super simple to make and just as cost-effective. Of course, I love them too! If you want to cut back on or eliminate toxic household cleaners from your life, give these DIY Lemon Dishwasher Pods a try!
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- 1 C. Baking Soda
- 1 C. Washing Soda
- 1 C. Salt
- ¼ C. Citric Acid
- 1 C. Water
- 20 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- ½ C. Vinegar (for each load)
- Silicone mold tray or ice cube tray
Related: 10 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips
DIY Lemon Dishwasher Pods Directions:
- Stir all dry ingredients (baking soda, washing soda, salt, and citric acid) in mixing bowl.
- Add water to dry ingredients. The mixture will start fizzing. Wait until fizzing subsides (about a minute or so) before stirring.
- Add essential oil and stir thoroughly.
- Scoop 1 Tbsp. of mixture into tray compartments. Tap lightly to even out the mixture. If you do not have a silicone or ice cube tray, you can scoop 1 Tbsp. of mixture onto a foil or parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
- Let pods harden for several hours or overnight before removing them from the tray and/or using them.
- Pour ¼ C. vinegar into the rinse compartment of your dishwasher with each load. This helps prevent streaking.
*Store in an airtight container. Makes 36 pods.
Related: 10 Uses for White Vinegar
All of these ingredients are easy to buy at your local grocery store except citric acid. In the past, I looked all over for it and never did find it locally. Finally, I had to buy it online from Amazon. The citric acid helps keep hard water stains at bay so I wouldn’t leave it out. Citric acid is also a must-have ingredient if you’re going to make homemade bath bombs—so there’s something fun to do with the leftovers!
Are you a fan of cleaning pods and homemade cleaning products? What’s your favorite?
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.