How to Clean Pots, Pans, & Dishes using Borax

Soaps nowadays are just chemical concoctions teeming with ingredients that aren’t so great for the environment. If they’re not good for the earth, how are they going to be good for your pots, pans, & dishes?

Instead, ditch the crappy soap and make your own all-natural soap using borax. This DIY, homemade dish soap is perfect for cleaning pots, pans, & dishes because it keeps spots and streaks off them while they get washed in the dishwasher. It’s like pre-treating your dishes!

Here's what you need

  • Borax
  • Hot water
  • 20 drops 100% pure essential oils (optional)
  • Bottle for storage



Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax for every gallon of hot water


Allow solution to cool to room temperature


Transfer to a bottle


Optionally add essential oils for a light, fresh scent

Use the borax solution on pots, pans, & dishes (rinse thoroughly)

Add them to the dishwasher