Homemade Dishwasher & Garbage Disposal Refresher Tabs

Homemade Dishwasher & Garbage Disposal Refresher Tabs

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

First I will go over the dishwasher tabs & then the garbage disposal tabs!

I run my dishwasher EVERY day, sometimes twice a day. I was going through dishwasher pods super fast & would always run out before I noticed, leaving me with dirty dishes.

I took a look in my pantry & sure enough, I had all ingredients to make my own dishwasher tabs! Super easy & they really work!

What You Need:


1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 Tbsp Salt
1/2 Cup Water – one tablespoon at a time
1/2 Tsp Dish Soap
15 drops Essential oil (optional) but a must for me
Mini muffin pan, ice cube tray, or something to form your tabs.

How To Make It

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Makes 12 Tabs

Pretty simple ingredients right? You don’t have to add essential oils. I just like the way it smells & you can smell it throughout the house when you run your dishwasher so it’s a win-win!

Step one- First you need to put your washing soda & salt in a bowl and mix them together.

Step two- Now, add your dish soap (any kind is fine) & your essential oil (optional). Mix it together really well.

I used Nature Love essential oil (Metabolize) – I chose to use this one because it has lemongrass in it which gives the tabs a lemon fresh scent.

Step three- Next you need to add in your water 1 tablespoon at a time. You don’t want to add too much water. You want it to look like cottage cheese (reference picture below).

NOTE: Instead of water you can add white vinegar. I think I will try this next time. I usually add vinegar to my pre-wash as is.

Step four- Lastly, pour your dishwasher mix into a mold of your choice. I used a mini muffin pan & filled them about half way.

Let them harden overnight – if you use a muffin pan you will need to turn the pan over and pat the back gently to get the tabs out.

Store them in an air-tight container.

How To Use

Use your tabs just like you would with normal dishwasher pods from the store. Place them in your dishwasher & wash! Like I stated before, I always put white vinegar in my pre-wash area to give it a boost.

Garbage Disposal Tabs

One thing I really hate is when my sink starts to smell. Usually, I don’t catch it in time & have to dump some type of chemical down the drain to get the smell gone fast.

But now I’ve found a much, much easier way to keep my sink smelling fresh all the time & no chemical smell!

What You Need:

1 Tbsp Dish Soap

1 Tsp Washing Soda

2/4 Cup Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Water

5+ Drops of Essential oils 

How To Make It

Makes 25 Tabs

These are super easy to make, it takes me about 10 minutes total!

Step one- First, Mix your baking soda, salt, & washing soda together well.

Step two- Now, Add your dish soap & Essential oil. Again, I used Nature Love essential oil (Metabolize) because of the lemongrass scent.

Step three- Next, you want to add your water and mix everything together very well. Your mix should not be runny like the dishwasher tabs.

Step four- Lastly, you need to form your tabs. I scooped mine up with a 1/4 teaspoon & placed them on parchment paper to dry. You can use whatever you want to form your tabs.

You do not want them to be big like the dishwasher tabs. I do not recommend putting them into something to form- they are fragile and need to be placed on parchment paper, foil, etc.

Let them dry overnight & place in an airtight container. (Again, be careful as they are fragile).

I stored mine in an old candle jar. Check out my post on how to reuse your old candle jars!

How To Use

Place one garbage disposal tab in your drain, turn on the hot water & then turn on your garbage disposal for about 10 seconds.

The baking soda will soak up & clean the lingering residue & the essential oils will leave you with a fresh scent.

For best results use your tabs every few days- you could even use them every night.

Have Fun Making These!

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