Woman reveals simple DIY method for making your own cheap and eco-friendly dishwasher tablets

A woman has revealed a handy DIY tutorial for making cheap, eco-friendly dishwasher tablets from the comfort of your own home. 

In a video for Today last month, Rio de Janeiro native Anna De Souza went through the few simple tips required to make the tablets, which only require a few simple household ingredients. 

And as well as being considerably better for the environment, the cost of making the dishwasher tablets is less than a third of what you might pay for a similar product at a store like Target or Walmart.

DIY: Anna De Souza, from Rio de Janeiro, shared the DIY tutorial for homemade dishwasher tablets (pictured) in a step-by-step demonstration video for Today

DIY: Anna De Souza, from Rio de Janeiro, shared the DIY tutorial for homemade dishwasher tablets (pictured) in a step-by-step demonstration video for Today

DIY: Anna De Souza, from Rio de Janeiro, shared the DIY tutorial for homemade dishwasher tablets (pictured) in a step-by-step demonstration video for Today

Step one: The first step for making the tablets, which require just five simple household ingredients, involved mixing a half cup of Borax with a half cup of washing soda

Step one: The first step for making the tablets, which require just five simple household ingredients, involved mixing a half cup of Borax with a half cup of washing soda

Step one: The first step for making the tablets, which require just five simple household ingredients, involved mixing a half cup of Borax with a half cup of washing soda

Step one: The first step for making the tablets, which require just five simple household ingredients, involved mixing a half cup of Borax with a half cup of washing soda

Step one: The first step for making the tablets, which require just five simple household ingredients, involved mixing a half cup of Borax with a half cup of washing soda

Next: Next, Anna measured out one quarter cup of Epsom salts and added it into the mixture

Next: Next, Anna measured out one quarter cup of Epsom salts and added it into the mixture

Next: Next, Anna measured out one quarter cup of Epsom salts and added it into the mixture

To make a total of 18 dishwasher tablets, Anna used just five simple ingredients – Borax, Epsom salts, washing soda, lavender essential oil and water. Each of the ingredients costs less than a dollar, with the total coming out to around 80 cents – meaning that each dishwasher tablet made cost less than 5 cents.

The first step of the tutorial saw Anna measuring a half cup of Borax and a half cup of washing soda.

Ingredients for 18 DIY dishwasher tablets 

  1. 1/2 cup of Borax (28 cents)
  2. 1/2 cup of Epsom salts (15 cents)
  3. 1/2 cup of washing soda (32 cents)
  4. Lavender essential oil (5 cents)
  5. 1/4 cup of water  

TOTAL COST: approx 80 cents

After measuring them out, she mixed the two together in a bowl. 

Next, Anna measured out just one quarter cup of Epsom salts and added it into the mixture. 

She then took her lavender essential oil – which provides the tablets with a fresh scent – and placed a few drops into the mixture. 

Anna then mixed the ingredients together, while adding one quarter cup of water to the mixture and stirring it continuously. 

Next, the mixture was placed into a silicone mold – similar to an ice-cube tray. After patting the mixture into the mold, Anna wiped any excess mixture back into the bowl.

This way, all of the mixture would get used up and nothing was left to go to waste. 

Progress: She then a few drops of lavender essential oil, which provide the tablets with a fresh scent, before adding some water to bind the mixture

Progress: She then a few drops of lavender essential oil, which provide the tablets with a fresh scent, before adding some water to bind the mixture

Progress: She then a few drops of lavender essential oil, which provide the tablets with a fresh scent, before adding some water to bind the mixture

Progress: She then a few drops of lavender essential oil, which provide the tablets with a fresh scent, before adding some water to bind the mixture

Progress: She then a few drops of lavender essential oil, which provide the tablets with a fresh scent, before adding some water to bind the mixture 

Mix! Anna then mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl

Mix! Anna then mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl

Mix! Anna then mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl 

Finishing touches: The DIY tutorial then saw Anna placing the mixture into a silicone mold tray, and brushing off any excess mixture back into the bowl

Finishing touches: The DIY tutorial then saw Anna placing the mixture into a silicone mold tray, and brushing off any excess mixture back into the bowl

Finishing touches: The DIY tutorial then saw Anna placing the mixture into a silicone mold tray, and brushing off any excess mixture back into the bowl 

When it has been packed neatly into the mold, the mixture is left to dry for approximately three to four hours.

Once it set, the tablets were removed from the mold. 

Creative! The tutorial was demonstrated by Anna De Souza (pictured), from Rio de Janeiro, for Today

Creative! The tutorial was demonstrated by Anna De Souza (pictured), from Rio de Janeiro, for Today

Creative! The tutorial was demonstrated by Anna De Souza (pictured), from Rio de Janeiro, for Today

The finished result showed perfectly square dishwasher tablets that looked almost identical to typical store-bought version. 

Anna said she chooses to store her homemade dishwasher tablets in a glass jar, and that she enjoys the scent of lavender around her kitchen.

The tablets are an eco-friendly alternative to regular tablets, as they require no plastic packaging. 

Similarly, they are a cheap alternative. 

For example, a box of 85 Finish Powerball dishwasher tablets costs $13.49 at Target, meaning that each individual tablet costs a total of 15 cents. 

However the homemade tablets cost less than a third of that, coming in at under five cents per piece. 

And Anna’s go-to method isn’t the only one available for those who wish to make their own dishwasher tablets at home.

Another method explained on Pinterest demonstrates a DIY method that doesn’t include using Borax.

Instead, the method requires the use of a number of essential oils, as well as a mild liquid soap, citric acid and kosher salt.