Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I discovered a recipe the other day for making your own dishwasher detergent. I was a bit skeptical because even with the use of a water softener I have very hard water. I did tweak it just a bit to accommodate this fact. I made up a batch yesterday and gave it a test run. I am super happy with the results and to be honest I think everything is even a bit cleaner than if I used the commercial stuff.

I have been using the Cascade ActionPacs for quite a while because they seem to work the best. But, as with everything, the price has gone up to ridiculous. As of this writing, Walmart sells a pack of 20 for $3.97, a pack of 32 for $5.97, and a pack of 60 for $10.97. These are the best prices I have found in my area. Anywhere else I could add anywhere from $1.00 to $3.00 to these prices. Not only is it pricey, it is also extremely noxious to the environment.

To make it all you need is three ingredients:
  1. 1 cup Borax
  2. 1 cup Baking Soda (Store brand is fine)
  3. 1 packet of lemonade drink mix (no sugar)
Mix everything together well and be sure to break any clumps up. If you have a lot of small clumps you can just strain them out. Use 1 Tblsp. to 1 1/2 Tblsp. per load. The lemonade contains vitamin C which is citric acid, this is what will help with the hard water deposits.
Now for the rinse agent, I never buy the commercial product for this. I just fill the container with plain white vinegar and have always gotten great results.