DIY Dishwasher Tabs (Borax Free)

DIY Dishwasher Tabs without Borax and made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Course Cleaning
Cuisine Household
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 30 tabs


  • 1/2 cup washing soda (100 g)*
  • 1/3 cup baking soda (80 g)
  • 3 tbsp coarse salt (60 g)
  • 3 tbsp citric acid (45 g)**
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (45 ml)
  • 5 tbsp vinegar (75 ml)


  1. I wear gloves when making dishwasher tabs because the ingredients can irritate your skin if you have sensitive skin.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients (washing soda, baking soda, salt and citric acid) together in a bowl.

  3. Now comes the important part: add the wet ingredients spoon by spoon, not all at once! Starting with the lemon juice add one tablespoon at a time, stirring to combine. The mixture will fizz when the liquid touches it.

  4. Add the vinegar one spoon at a time. Stop adding vinegar as soon as the mixture starts clumping up.

  5. Select an ice cube tray with cubes that will fit into your dishwasher tab compartment. Using your hands or a spoon, place the mixture into an ice cube tray and pack it down firmly. (you may need two ice cube trays)

  6. Leave the trays to dry for a couple of hours or overnight. Once dry, remove the tabs from the tray and store in an airtight container. Use as you would regular dishwasher tabs.


*See the above notes on ingredients for instructions on how to make it yourself.

**Omit the citric acid if you live in an area with soft water.