I’m excited to cross one more thing off of my typical grocery/household spending list. Our family typically fills a dishwasher load every day and I usually run it every night. In the past, I’ve been a big fan of dishwasher tablets and have used them pretty faithfully. However, what I don’t dig is how much they end up costing me. Since I discovered how cost-effective making your own laundry detergent is, I was on the hunt for a good dishwasher detergent recipe. I was ecstatic to find one that used a lot of the same ingredients as the laundry detergent recipe I use. Willing to at least give it a go, I made this recipe this past week and have been quite pleased with the results.
It definitely does a great job at cleaning our grungy dishes and I’m loving the cost. As you can see, it makes a powder form of detergent. I put it in a clear plastic canister with a pour spout and stuck an old measuring spoon inside. Interested in possibly making your own? Here’s the recipe I followed:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup salt
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and put in an airtight container. Use 1 TB per load.
I also recommend using a shot of white vinegar as a rinse aid. It works great!