– add one and a half scoops –
My dishwasher runs at least once a day (sometimes twice). I am constantly purchasing the “name brand” detergent products at the store and/or looking for a good stock up price for them. *My spending limit is about $0.16/packet on these….but not anymore.
I recently began an online search on homemade dishwasher detergent. I was overwhelmed with the recipes, as there are many versions to be found.
I researched a few topics, and combined ingredients to make my own.
It worked great, and I will definitely be making this again in the future!
Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
2 cups Borax
2 cups baking soda
1 cup salt (kosher salt will work better – the reason you add salt is for the scrubbing action)
5 packets Lemonade brand “Kool-aid”
Combine these ingredients in an airtight container, and shake to mix. Add one and a half Tablespoons to your dishwasher before each load. (Fill the main detergent cup and 1/2 of the other.)
*The mixture may clump because of the citric acid from the lemonade packets. This is no big deal, simply break up mixture as needed.
For an all natural rinse aid, simply use white vinegar to your dishwasher in place of “Jet Dry”.
*If you happen to see white spots on your dishes after washing, just add more citric acid (another packet or two of lemonade) to the mix. This has something to do with the hard water in your area.The above makes about 3 cups of detergent and cost me about $2.84. Each load would then cost $0.06, if using one tablespoon per load or about $0.09 per load if using one and a half tablespoons.
If using about 6 oz of vinegar as a rinse aid, it is estimated each fill would cost $0.10.