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DIY Lemon Dishwasher Gel

Create your own homemade LemonShine dishwasher detergent for sparkly clean dishes without harsh chemicals!
Recently one of our members, Momo, shared this wonderful recipe in our forums and we thought we’d give it a try since it’s very simple and inexpensive to make. We were impressed with how well it performed!

You’ll Need:
3 Whole Lemons
1 c. Kosher Salt
2 c. Water
1/2 c. White Vinegar

Cut the lemons into small chunks (remove the seeds), place them in the blender with 2 cups of water. Puree until smooth.

Transfer the mix to a saucepan and add salt and vinegar. Heat mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until the salt it dissolved. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Remove from heat, let it cool, transfer to a jar with a PLASTIC cover. Avoid using a metal lid as it will corrode quickly. To use, add a dab to the dishwasher (just fill the liquid detergent compartment).

We like the restore caps for this as it makes it mess free and easy to pour!


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8 thoughts on “DIY Lemon Dishwasher Gel”

  1. we have hard water and this seams like it would work great.. i will be making this today and will repost results

    • This left my glassware with a white film. Can you help with that?

      what kind of salt did you use? what is your water temperature set at?

      it sounds like you need to determine what caused the film first: put a drop of white vinegar on the surface of a cloudy glass and rub it around. if the area becomes clear, the cloudiness is due to filming from hard water. another method to determine the cause of cloudy glasses is to rub across a cloudy area with a pin.

      if some of the cloudiness scratches off, that is another indication that it is due to a film, either due to water hardness or food. if the glass feels pitted when you rub a pin across it, the cloudiness is due to etching, which means you didn’t dissolve your salt properly.. be certain that your water temperature is 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

      Lower temperatures can lead to dish film formation, but higher temperatures can cause etching on glasses. Try using more detergent. You can fill both of the detergent dispensers, but do not add more than that.

      Pre-rinse dishes that have been exposed to high-protein foods like meat, eggs and milk.

    • What kind of Kosher salt? Table salt or course salt. Thanks

      Kosher salt is larger grain coarse salt, not Table salt, which is much smaller grain.


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