non-toxic dishwasher detergent tablets

Problem: I Want Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets That Are Affordable

This post is a companion piece to Episode 106: DIY Dishwasher Tablets on the YouTube channel. As promised in the video, I am breaking down the process of making my own non-toxic dishwasher detergent tablets as seen in the video and provide links to the products used.

If you’re like me, you want products in your home to be as non-toxic as possible. If you’re also like me you’re not willing or able to pay an arm and a leg for said non-toxic items. I am on a budget after all. I love using plant-based, non-toxic, and essential oil-infused products wherever possible.

Sometimes to make that fit in the budget I have to DIY my own solutions. One such solution I found myself needing was a good dishwasher tablet. That’s okay since I happen to love a good DIY. I prefer tablets to powder and finding what I wanted in my price range proved difficult. Here is my DIY recipe for non-toxic dishwasher detergent tablets.

Solution: I DIYed My Own Essential Oil-Infused Dishwasher Detergent Tablets!

DIYing is often a great solution for getting what you want in your budget. We DIY everything from storage solutions to home decor to antibacterial hand soaps and shower gel around our house. So making my own non-toxic dishwasher detergent tablets wasn’t much of a stretch for me.

The bonus is I decided to build my recipe around cleaning products I already employed to begin with or had other uses for around the house. No one-off products in this recipe for me. I wanted more bang for my buck. I already make my own non-toxic laundry detergent and decided to add washing powder to boost the cleaning power of an already satisfactory product. It was in all the recipes online the first go around, but I didn’t have it on hand. I also didn’t have any Thieves® detergent left and a lot of laundry piling up. I made do with what I had! It turned out well and I used the whole bottle up. I recently whipped up a second batch with the washing powder and have been very happy with the results. You can read the updated post on that here.

I already use Castile soap for hand soaps and body wash, so I had some of that on hand as well. It is very gentle on the skin and all-natural. I just add Thieves® oil and a little water (for easier pumping) to my hand soap pumps in the bathrooms for non-toxic and alcohol-free antibacterial hand soap.

I also had Thieves® Household Cleaner on hand and use it to clean, well… everything. That bottle of concentrated cleaner is just so effective AND economical! Using the Household Cleaner instead of several drops of the oils seemed like a more cost-effective approach to me. You can skip the Household Cleaner and add several drops of lemon and or Thieves® essential oil if you so choose. So, this recipe only involved buying two items I did not use or plan to use previously; citric acid and a silicone ice cube tray.

To Make Your Own Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets:

non-toxic dishwasher detergent tablets

Ingredients (Fills 2 Trays)

Silicone Ice Cube Trays

2 Cups Washing Soda

1/2 Cup Citric Acid (I used Lemi Shine)

1/2 Cup White Distilled Vinegar

1 Tsp Unscented Castile Soap

1 Capful Thieves® Household Cleaner


  1. Mix dry ingredients and Thieves® Household Cleaner well
  2. Slowly mix in vinegar (it will be frothy)
  3. Scoop mixture into ice cube trays. Pack tightly. The mixture should remain moist throughout packing. Add more vinegar if needed.
  4. Let set for 24 hours then carefully remove the individual cubes from the trays.

Store them in a glass container and then use one per load in the dishwasher as you would a typical detergent.

Tips from My Experience Making My Own Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

It is very important to mix the solution well and pack it into the ice cube trays while it is still moist. It will need the full 24 hours, so don’t get excited and check it too early. When you do remove the tablets from the tray I recommending pushing up from the bottom until the majority of the tablet is free of the tray. You cannot squeeze them much or they will crumble.

The good news is even if they do crumble some the soap is still good to use! You definitely need silicone; I do not believe I could’ve gotten any tablets out in one piece had I used a traditional plastic ice cube tray.

Overall, I am very happy with these ingredients in the dishwasher and using tablets that are premeasured and easier to load will make things run smoother. I definitely plan to buy another silicone ice cube tray in the future in order to make a full batch each time.

Please check out the video and give it a like/subscribe if you haven’t already! I’ll be back on the blog tomorrow with a regularly scheduled post. See you then frugal friends! And let me know in the comments here or on the video if you try these! I’d love to hear how yours turn out! Happy DIYs!


  1. Katt Rodrigues says:

    First I want to say the concept behind your blog is amazing, I love that not only is it on a budget it’s sustainble and DIY not just the cheapest store option.

    And I love this post, at the moment I buy loads of method cleaner as its non toxic but it’s soo pricey! This is one for the future!

    Katt x
    If you have time, please do check out my latest post ✨☕
    Thankyou 🙂

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