It’s DIY FRI. , where every weekend I try to post something you can do yourself rather than buy, which is a money saver, and can be VERY REWARDING. Some of these posts are crafts, sewing projects, homemade cleaners, homemade health aids, tutorials, and the like.
**Update 10/11/12: Recipe #3 has been updated so it works even more efficiently, and reduced to only three ingredients. The vinegar and castile liquid soap don’t work together well at the same time. Still use the vinegar as a rinse aid. Go here to see updated recipe.
I was running out of dishwasher detergent earlier this year, and I thought I would try to make some. I wanted to find a way to have it more economically then buying it commercially, and I wanted something that would be better for the environment.
I am including three different recipes because I know that not everyone has the same kind of water, and one recipe may work for you that didn’t work for me. My favorite was #3, the liquid.**Update 10/11/12: Recipe #3 has been updated so it works even more efficiently, and reduced to only three ingredients. Go here to see updated recipe.
I found a recipe at Quiver Full of Blessing that inspired me to start exploring the world of homemade dishwasher detergent. I made this recipe and used it until it was gone. I can’t remember how long that was exactly, but it was approximately 3-4 weeks. It got the dishes mostly clean but not as clean as my Palmolive Phosphate Free Dishwasher Detergent I’ve been buying at Walmart for 2 years without a coupon since it’s the best price there. Sometimes at the end of a cycle there would be a clump of detergent left which was kind of disconcerting.
At first I had NO idea where to buy citric acid in the recipe. It’s in so many products at the store, but the stores usually don’t sell it unless you go to a pharmacy or local co-op store. I went to standard stores like Walmart to try to find it, but I could not. A local pharmacy, Hilton’s in Marysville, WA sells it for $20.43/4 ounces. Ouch! The local co-ops in Mt. Vernon and Everett sell it for approximately $7/lb.: much better price! I found the borax and washing soda in the laundry soap section at our local Walmart, though.
Also, use the vinegar as the rinse aid. It’s so important as it really works and it doesn’t leave your dishes smelling like vinegar. Promise!
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup salt
- Put all ingredients in an airtight container, and shake to mix.
- Use 1 T per load.
- Use 2 T of white vinegar as a rinse aid.