Make Your Own Dishwasher Tablets - doTERRA Essential Oils - Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals

Make Your Own Dishwasher Tablets

DIY Recipe to Make your own all natural and safe dishwasher tablets

Make your own natural dishwasher tablets by following this simple step-by-step recipe.

Store bought tabs can contain many toxic chemicals and fragrances which leave residue on the plates.  Since we eat off those plates, we have the potential to ingest that residue.  

I feel so much better knowing my kids are eating off plates without harmful residue on them.

This DIY contains the cleansing power of doTERRA On Guard® and Grapefruit oils, leaving your dishes clean and smelling fresh.  You could substitute the grapefruit for Lemon if you prefer.


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  1. Put baking soda, citric acid, doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate, and Grapefruit oil in a mixing bowl. Mix together until the mixture is an even consistency.
  2. Place in silicon molds and let sit for four hours. Remove tabs.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Use in dishwasher in place of store-bought dishwasher tablets.

Rinsing Tip: Adding one cup white vinegar to the rinsing agent compartment in your dishwasher will help ensure that your glassware comes out of the dishwasher sparkling!  This is a fantastic natural option to synthetic store bought versions.

Please make sure you are using an essential oil that is safe to consume.  Since this recipe is used on dishes that we eat off of, you want to ensure what you are using is safe.  Most so called essential oils available in drugstores and supercenters are synthetic fragrance only.  The brand I choose to use is doTERRA which is the highest quality essential oils available on the market, and the only brand I will use on my family.

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  • Rebecca says:

    What am I doing wrong ? I followed the instructions exactly but when I put the mixture into the silicone mold it keeps expanding after I’ve pressed it down !! Should I now be pressing it into the mold ?

    • Dawn Goehring says:

      Hi Rebecca. Any luck? This didn’t happen to me so I’m not sure. I would just keep pressing it down every so often while it dries, and maybe put less into the mold to give it room to expand.

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