Why do we make our own homemade products? It all started with our first batch of homemade laundry detergent, since then we’ve been hooked! Now we’re on a mission to make as many household products as we can. It saves money and gives a sense of joy and accomplishment.
Up this week is homemade dishwasher detergent.
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When we develop product recipes we focus on: 1) saving money, 2) simplicity, 3) and effectiveness.
Let’s see how easy this really is:
- find the written instructions below
- visit page two for pictorial instructions
- visit page three for tips to avoid clumping, cost savings breakdown, and borax safety.
Note: No time or desire to make your own dishwasher detergent? You can always purchase natural brands like these.
Dishwasher Detergent Recipe
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)
Use 1 Tbsp per load (you can use a heaping tablespoon if you feel the need, but we do not).
Each batch yields 24 ounces of detergent. We recommend storing in a container you were going to dispose of anyway, like an old yogurt container or coffee can you can fit it under your kitchen sink. Feel free to double the batch, or multiply to create any amount you’d like.
For a DIY rinse agent, simply fill the compartment with white vinegar.
Note: To answer common questions we wrote a dishwasher detergent FAQ page to help you better succeed with this recipe.
Ingredients and Cost
- 1 – 55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda = $2.19
- 1 – 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team® Borax = $4.29
- 1 – 48 ounce box of coarse Kosher Salt = $1.99
- 1 – 5 pound container of food-grade Citric Acid = $27.00 You can find this online, in the canning aisle of your local grocery store, or at your local brewery or specialty beer store. If you cannot find this you can substitute LemiShine. If you do not use some form of citric acid you may see a cloudy residue left like most “green” cleaners leave.
- 1 – gallon of White Vinegar = $1.79
Continue reading page 2 and 3 for pictorial instructions, tips to avoid clumping, cost savings breakdown, and borax safety.