Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
Want to Make Your Own Dishwashing Detergent?
I was really excited when a friend of mine told me about her recipe for homemade dishwashing detergent and wanted to give it a try. I was happy to discover that all her bragging was true, it does work better than the store bought brands out there at a fraction of the cost.
I have really been trying to find all sorts of recipes on how to make my own cleaning supplies, not only to help the environment (green cleaning) but to help save money as well, so this homemade dishwashing detergent recipe caught my attention.
I'm very frugal and hate to spend money on things that I don't have to and that really aren't needed... especially when I find out that my homemade versions actually work better than store bought versions - as well as cost me .06 per use compared to the big named brands who can run up to .35 per use.
All you need are a few simple ingredients and a container with a lid to make this. Here's how:
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 packages of unsweetened lemonade mix
Mix all of the above ingredients together well and store in an airtight container with a lid. I keep mine in an old cool-whip container.
Add 2 teaspoons full into the main detergent area of your dishwasher (the part with the lid) and also add 2 teaspoons full into the pre-wash section (the part without the lid). If you do not have a pre-wash section, then just add 1 tablespoon to your detergent area. Then wash like normal. Dishes will come out clean and spot free!
Tips and Ideas:
If you have cloudy glasses, try adding white vinegar to your rinse aide dispenser - this will shine them right up, but I've not needed to do this as the above homemade dishwashing detergent works great without it.
Hope you try this recipe for homemade dishwashing detergent and let me know how it works for you. I think you'll enjoy it!
© 2012 Laura Rash