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Homemade Lemony All Natural Dishwasher Liquid ~ I love this stuff!

Posted by on Friday, May 4, 2012 | 4 comments

Homemade Lemony All Natural Dishwasher Liquid ~ I love this stuff!

A couple days ago I was looking around on the blog of Andrew Weil, M.D.   If you don’t know who he is, you should know!  He is a great resource and expert on all things natural!  For our PCOS, he is a go to for wonderful natural tips, recipes, and lifestyle suggestions.

Lurking through the comments on one of his posts on natural cleansers, I came across a recipe for all natural dishwasher liquid.  This inspired me to make some of my own.  As of lately, my dishwasher has not been cleaning as well as it should so I wanted to make this cleanser right away.  Plus, to help *cure* my PCOS, I am putting forth extra effort in all I do to convert my household and lifestyle to bring in the natural and get rid of all chemicals.

For my dishwasher, I usually use Cascade liquid.  When I ran out of liquid about a month ago, I decided to pick up a bottle from Publix while I was doing some grocery shopping.  I chose the Publix brand lemon scent.   {Oh, I do love me some ANYTHING that smells lemony fresh when I clean!}  Now, I really really like Publix brand items…and Publix period, but it just wasn’t doing the trick for me.  It could also have something to do with the broken release latch on my dishwasher soap dispenser but…whatever! :)

This recipe looked really easy and I had everything I needed to make it.  So why not give it a whirl I thought!  Guess what, I LOVE THIS STUFF.  Love is usually reserved for people and other living beings, not things, in my book.  But, I LOVE this stuff!  Yes I do!!!  It cleaned so well, smelled bright and pleasant, and it left my dishes all clean and sparkly {or spark-a-dee as my cousin’s daughter would say when she was younger}.

Thanks to the individual who left this recipe in the comments section!


  • 3 lemons
  • 14 oz water
  • 4 oz white vinegar
  • 1 cup salt

Cut lemons and remove all seeds.  Chop lemons into small pieces. Put cut pieces in blender with water and blend at maximum speed until smooth. Pour into a stainless steel pot, add salt and vinegar, and stir. Cook just below boiling for about 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally if needed.  Let cool slightly, stir, then store in glass containers. {If your blender is not super powerful, strain final mixture with a thin mesh strainer.} Fill the dishwasher soap dispenser and also put a small amount on the inner side of the dishwasher door. You can also use it to clean your counters and stove!  I would test a small area first just to be sure.  Don’t want to be the cause of ruined household parts!  But it worked really well for me.

Here’s a glimpse of what the finished product looks like:

 Homemade All-Natural Lemony Dishwasher Liquid


I used a 3-cup Pyrex bowl to store the dishwasher liquid.  The recipe makes a little more than 3 cups though.  I filled this bowl to the rim and still had some left over.  So use something a little larger.  I’m going to buy some mason jars to store it next time I make a batch.  Here is the bowl I used:

 3-cup Pyrex bowl


By the way, I like the way this stuff tastes!  Now I didn’t eat a huge bunch, just licked a bit off the spoon…okay I took a couple of big licks…mmm.  {Disclaimer: Don’t go shoveling this stuff by the spoonful!  It has WAY TOO MUCH salt in it and the lemon will scorch your lips and tongue from the acid.  Tasting, okay…eating, NOT okay!} :)

It made me feel so good to make a cleanser that contained all ingredients safe for human consumption. Especially because all of the things in my dishwasher in one way or another touches everything we put in our bodies.

Try it and let me know what you think!



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  1. Crystal

    Did you include the lemon skin too?

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