Dishes Part 1: Detergent

I absolutely love the convenience of having a dishwasher- just put your dirty dishes into this mechanical box with some soap and they come out clean! My current dishwasher doesn’t get the job done very well, so when my dishes were coming out tasting like the chemical detergent I was using, I knew it was time to switch over to natural, non chemical laden, zero waste dishwash detergent. I knew it was the healthier and more environmentally friendly option, but I never expected that making this switch would actually clean my dishes BETTER than what I was previously buying, help my machine run better, and be cheaper overall.

I will run you through how to make your own dishwash detergent- cheap, simple, chemical free, and zero waste. This recipe is taken from the lovely Bea Johnson in her book Zero Waste Home.


  • 4 cups washing soda (or baking soda, baked in an over at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-60 minutes)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup citric acid


  • Combine ingredients, stir, and use!
  • Use distilled white vinegar as a rinse aid when needed.

There you go! One of the easiest zero waste recipes out there.

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