Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

                                                   

Did you know you can make your own dishwasher detergent? Since, I’ve been on this frugal journey the past few months I’ve found homemade diy ideas that help save money around the house.  I’ve been making homemade laundry soap, frugal fabric softener, bathroom  cleaner & just recently started making my own baby food.  This past week, however, I ran out of dishwasher detergent.  I’ve had this recipe ready and waiting for that exact moment.  So, I was excited to be able to mix up a batch of homemade dishwasher detergent and I’m so glad I did it.  Super easy!!

When you combine sales and coupons you can usually get liquid dish soap for free or close to it, but I rarely see dishwasher detergent that cheap (although I have a few times).  Anyway, here’s a very frugal recipe using mostly items you will have around already if you’ve been making your own laundry soap and fabric softener. 


Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Here’s what you’ll need:



·         1Cup Borax
·         1 Cup Washing Soda
·         1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
·         1/2 Cup Citric Acid (I couldn’t find the citric acid so I used 10 packets of unsweetened Lemon flavored Kool Aid...which has lots of citric acid! Guess that is why most detergents are lemon scented, the citric acid keeps the dishes from building up a cloudy residue)

Put all ingredients into a container with a tight fitting lid, and shake up!  Use about 1 TB per load.

*TIP*   Pour some white vinegar into the "rinse aid" compartment of your dishwasher. This will help to keep your dishes, especially plastic, from having a "cloudy" look!




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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. You have such a wonderful blog. I've been looking for a recipe to make my own for a while now. I make my own laundry detergent so I already have the washing soda and borax, any ideas on where to find the citric acid?

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  2. Thank you! :) I couldn’t find the citric acid so I used 10 packets of unsweetened Lemon flavored Kool Aid...which has lots of citric acid! Guess that is why most detergents are lemon scented, the citric acid keeps the dishes from building up a cloudy residue.

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  3. was it lemon flavored Kool Aid or lemonaide flavored? just want to clarify. thank you so much!

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  4. Cd, I guess it was lemonade? I didn't realize there was a difference. :)

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  5. apparently there isnt but i just wanted to make sure i wasnt trying to find something that didnt exist. there are lemon flavored generics but citric acid is NOT the main ingredient. thanks for getting back to me!

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  6. How much white vinegar do you put in the rinse aid? Because I put some in mine and all my dishes smelled like vinegar

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