Yesterday I showed you how to make your own laundry detergent. Today, I’ll show you how to use those very same ingredients to make your own dishwashing detergent. The cost break down goes like this: Costco brand dishwashing detergent costs 16 cents a load. This stuff costs 4 cents a load. PLUS, you’ll already have everything you need left over from the laundry detergent!
The dishwashing detergent is even easier than the laundry detergent was! Mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 cup of Washing Soda. VOILA!
For each load of dishes, use 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Add just a drop of a liquid dish soap (or a drop of the laundry detergent even!) to the powder before running the dishwasher. If you find that your dishes are coming out a bit cloudy, add some vinegar to the prewash cup in the dishwasher. Be sure to clearly label the container in which you store this soap!
Gettin’ Tipsy: If you’ve got hard water, try adding some kosher salt to the mix (about half a cup to this recipe) and see if that helps with the cloudiness. If you’re still bothered by cloudiness (which is only a visual issue, not indicative of your dishes being insufficiently cleaned) you can look into using citric acid, though this is pretty expensive and makes the price difference between homemade and store bought a bit less impressive! Strangely, you can substitute two small packages of lemon kool-aid (the kind without any sugar) if you’d like to keep this recipe super cheap but still have most of the shiny benefits of citric acid.
You can use essential oils if you’d like, perhaps lemon? I prefer to leave mine unscented.