D.I.Y. Dishwasher Cubes

Friday, April 19th, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day 18

The Pin!

If this Pinterest challenge is any indication of how much I use my kitchen, I’m sure you can imagine how many dishes I’ve managed to dirty in the process! I’ve been really intrigued by the homemade dishwasher cube pin for a while, and I’m excited to be finally giving it a try.

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The Project Process:

Prior to tackling 30 Days of Pinterest, I was quite hesitant towards attempting many of the ‘do-it-yourself’ projects I came across.  While I am a self-proclaimed crafty gal who loves any d.i.y. project that involves paint, paper or glue, I’ve always steered clear of make-it-yourself home or body products. Something about them intimidated me. That, and I’ve always felt like I would totally bomb them and would regret wasting the time and money spent to try and make them myself.

Since the whole point of this challenge was for me to expand my horizons and finally try those Pinterest ideas I secretly love, I knew it was only a matter of time before I dove into something like dish cubes. I do have to admit though, after constructing bath bombs, concocting shower pucks, and even doing a little vinegar and baking soda scrubbing; I did feel slightly more confident in the dish cube department than I would have 20 days ago.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • Lemon Essential Oil (few drops)

Since I’ve done a few different things with vinegar and baking soda this month, I already had plenty in my cupboards. The only thing I had to purchase for this task was Borax, but man that stuff was hard to find! I’m not sure if it is generally a hard item to locate, or if everyone else was just making loads of dishwasher cubes too, but I finally did locate it at our local Wal-Mart. If your Wal-Mart is anything like ours, it can be found in the laundry aisle, near the middle, at the very bottom of the shelves, laying down. The whole laying down part of the product placement probably added to the difficulty of locating it, and now I’m wondering if the other stores I checked did have it, I just missed it.

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Anyways, back to the constructing of dishwasher cubes! Mix everything together in a medium or large bowl, making sure everything is mixed thoroughly. The vinegar may cause the mixture to fizz slightly, but this is normal. Once mixture is completely mixed together, scoop out of the bowl and press into 2 ice cube trays.

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You want to make sure you pack the cubes as tightly as you can, as this will create more solid, and more effective, dishwasher cubes. If you know your dishwasher has a smaller cube compartment, feel free to fill the trays only half full, and fit in 3 trays instead of the original 2. Wait approximately 24 hours to let the cubes dry thoroughly, and then place in a glass container or ziploc bag for storage.

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When you have a full load of dishes that you are wanting to clean, place a cube in the regular dish cube spot of your dishwasher.

The original poster recommends using 2-3 drops of dawn dish soap on top of the dish cube (for added grease cutting action), but make sure not to use any more than this! Dish soap can cause your dishwasher to overflow, so be very mindful of how much product you use in this step!

Do you use natural products such as these in  your dishwasher? How do they work for you – and do you find it to be cheaper than purchasing them from the store?



4 Responses to “D.I.Y. Dishwasher Cubes”

  1. Hi this recipe is great..I am wondering if it could be used as a powder instead of making cubes
    I am tempted to try it that way with maybe half the recipe ..will let you know how it works

  2. Kristi says:

    Awesome!! How did you find their cleaning power?

  3. I found the cubes to turn out a little crumbly, but I gave them a try anyways. I found the quality to be surprisingly great, and am going to make the switch to homemade cubes/powder to see if they stand the test of multiple uses.

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