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How to use Homemade Dish Soap & Save

Updated on August 19, 2012
I love my dishwasher
I love my dishwasher | Source

My husband only thinks we use Dishwasher Detergent

Okay so my husband thinks I have gone off the deep end some of the time. When I started making my own laundry soap he laughed. I keep one bottle of regular soap just for him in case he ever gets the inspiration to do laundry. He does actually do the dishes once in awhile so I do keep a bottle of dish detergent under the sink. He is the only one that uses it and hasn't figured out yet that I never use it.

Notice Vinegar and Dishwasher Soap for hubby have the same home
Notice Vinegar and Dishwasher Soap for hubby have the same home | Source

My Dish Soap

I use my dishwasher a lot. I know many people just do them by hand and that would save a lot of money right there, but I hate dishes with a passion. It i had to do them by hand they would never get done. My mother in law on the other hand hasn't used her dishwasher in so many years she doesn't know if it still works and is afraid to try it. I could not live with out my dishwasher. I use it a lot. Since I am home full time right now I sometimes use it more than once a day. I am a busy lady and the dishwasher is a necessity. Oh did I mention that I am also not a rise and clean it before you put it in person. It goes in dirty and comes out clean, isn't that the point?

After trial and error and many searches on pinterest and other site I have finally come up with the best solution for cleaning my dishes. It is a combination of things I have heard, found, researched, and tried.

Three Ingredients are all you need.

  1. Dish Soap - a good one, Dawn is my personal favorite, but I buy what is one sale or have coupons for
  2. Oxy Clean type product - I buy Dollar Tree's version ( I also use it for my homemade laundry soap)
  3. Vinegar - Let's face it I use this for everything

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Getting the Ratio Right

I use about 1 tsp Oxy Clean, One squirt Dawn (about 1/2 tsp), and about 1/2 cup vinegar per load.

I put the oxy clean and dawn in the soap area of my dishwasher. In the top rack I put the vinegar into one of my glass prep cups.

Close it and go!

Clean dishes in the time it takes your dishwasher to run.


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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Thanks! I think those must be the google ads or ebay ads - not sure which ones you are referring to

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great hub/ I am going to try it. How did you advertise the kitchen and home wares on your profile page. Looks great. Did not know we could do that. voted up