DIY Dishwasher Tabs

One of the things that makes us happy is, well, not having to clean our toilets every few days – or let’s be real, ever, but I’m sure you can relate. No one actually wants to clean toilets, so that’s the example we’re going to run with because I’m going to talk about a product here (because it’s one of the ingredients in our dishwasher tabs) that I swear to you has changed my life and if you are like me, it will change yours, too.

We talk a lot in our blog about the changes we have made in our lives over the past five years when it comes to removing toxins, changing our diets based on our awareness of our bodies (which is ongoing, turns out Tonia has a new potential food allergy, which we will talk about very soon!) and that includes our cleaning products. Remember in our post, It’s Complicated, we asked why our toilet bowl cleaner is bright blue? It’s not a question any of us are programmed to ask because we grew up with bright blue toilet bowl cleaner. Right?

What if we really did ask? We wouldn’t like the answers. Chemicals, synthetic combinations of a lot of chemicals that none of us want touching our bodies – including the air we breathe when using these chemicals to “clean” our homes. So we stopped using them and looked for healthier alternatives. The problem is that a majority of people associate harsh chemicals with effective cleaning power and unfortunately don’t associate harsh chemicals with disease. You can have plant based and effective without the other stuff.

What about our dishes?

What if there was the simpler, more economical way to make your own dishwasher tabs? I have an awesome recipe that I want to share with you guys and I couldn’t be happier to have come across these products (first, I had no idea what washing soda was until I started making these) and the plant based cleaner has replaced every other cleaner in our home.

Something that really sparked a conversation about this topic recently was that Colin read a label for a very common dish soap that says, “poison if ingested”. Whoa, what?

What we don’t fully understand is that even small exposures to these toxic chemicals over time can cause major health issues. Just because you rinsed your dishes after washing them, doesn’t mean there aren’t traces of those chemicals left on your plate.

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

Thieves Household Cleaner (plant based, infused with essential oils – but you can use any plant based cleaner or solution you might have). ***Side note: If you’d like to know why we use Thieves or have questions about becoming a wholesale member with Young Living, we’d be happy to help you do that***

2 Cups Washing Soda (I baked 2 cups of baking soda in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 1 hour, but I recommend Nellie’s Washing Soda).

Add 1 C Vinegar and it will start to foam
Mix together then add ½ capful of Thieves Household cleaner (I soak my cutting boards in this stuff, clean my oven, windows, sometimes my laundry, toilet bowls, you name it. It’s that good)
5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
Mix all together
Pour into ice cube tray molds (make sure they’re the rubbery kind so you can push them out. Here’s what mine look like:


Allow them to dry over night ***I find the crumble when I try to pop them out of their mold, so I dry mine overnight in the freezer!*** and then pop them into a glass container under your sink for your next dishwasher load! I usually add two of these little guys per cycle and they really do the trick.
These are the things in my life that truly make me the happiest; finding solutions like these for my family and being able to share then with all of you. We all want to do a little bit better with our health, with the products in our homes and the ways in which we help each other to do that. We’re all in this together.
Share your favourite recipes with me, too, please!! I absolutely love a good DIY hack with minimal and all natural ingredients.
If you’d like to talk shop about the products we use and why we use ’em, we can do that, too. You’d absolutely love their products if you’re into natural, healthy, non-toxic and easy peasy DIY recipe type stuff just like we do. Send over a note!
With Purpose,

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