Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living

Krissy envisions a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humanity and the environment. Her mission is to gently guide individuals toward this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she dedicates her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 100,000 copies of her recipe books, including the award-winning “Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning,” “Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids,” and “The Lifestyle Edit.”


  1. Hello. I’m going to try these tablets tonight. I’m pretty excited.
    Can I add the oils into the mix or does it have to be dropped on each tablet?

  2. Hi Krissy, I made these and they came together beautifully and washed the dishes beautifully. The issue I had however was that once I put them into a sealed glass jar, they all stuck together and a lot disintegrated 🙁 What did I do wrong please?

    • Hey Fiona, good to hear you had success with performance! If your jar had any moisture at all, this can happen. Or if they’re not fully dry before they get packed in, it can happen too. To prevent this, make sure they have been left to dry, after you’ve popped them out of your moulds, for at least 24 hours. Or, store them in a shallow container. Good luck!

  3. These are the best DIY dishwasher tablets I have made. I try other recipes every now and then but always end up back with these. Perfect, easy and very cost effective too.

  4. love my home made dishwasher tablets, when i first began making them my husband found them in the ice cube trays setting & thought i must be making treats so had to sneak a little taste, he has now learnt to ask before he tastes things i make, I have the big book & i purchased the smaller books for my daughter who i also introduced to this wonderful site

  5. This is fantastic. I’ve been making this for well over a year now & I’ll never go back. It cleans my dishes so well & I get a great peace of mind knowing there’s no nasties in it.

  6. Hi there,
    I was just wondering about the longer term use of the diy dishwasher tabs. We have been using ours for a while now and noticing there is a build up of gunk on the inside of the machine, like it’s not quite cleaning out properly. Is there a way to give your dishwasher a deep clean? Or is there any long term side effects of using DIY products? If so, what should I do???? My husband is just about ready to go back to the harsh shop bought stuff.

  7. Hi Krissy,
    Could these be used in a container with dish cloths to make my own sanitising wipes, or would you suggesting something different?

  8. Hi, do you sell the ingredients in pack form? Eg: if I want to make the dishwasher tablets, can I buy a pack with what I would need just for the tablets?

  9. I read on a similar recipe that it should not be used in d/washers with stainless steel interiors – didn’t say why. Does the same apply for this one?

    • Hi Helen, I’ll be honest and say I wish more people spoke about the need for mainstream tablets to be kept out of our homes and waterways, and I’ll also say that I can only speak from my own experience and research – but I believe these tablets to be fine in stainless steel appliances (that’s what we have and we have had no issues). But, if in doubt, don’t use them 🙂

  10. After they have set for the final 24 hrs, is it possible to add the EO to each tab for storage instead of right before use?
    Thank you!

  11. I tried this recipe and followed the directions, however I left the powder in the mould for 24hrs and when turning them over to tap them out it just turned to powder it was not solid at all. What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Naomi,

      There are a few reasons why they may not have set in tablet form. A few points:
      Were your mould basic flexible silicone moulds without intricate grooves?
      Did you pack mixture into moulds very firmly?

      Sometimes moisture in the environment can affect setting time and they need a little extra time. It can help to unmould one of them before trying to unmould them all. Then you can leave them a little longer if required. A suggestion for you would be to let the crumbled mixture dry out fully on a tray, then blend and store as a powder. You can use a tablespoon-worth each load.

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