One of my favorite household stockpile items is dishwasher tabs/liquid. Over the last few years I have been able to score boxes of dishwasher liquid/tabs for around 50 bents a box. Those deals are now few & far between. I have said in the past that as soon as I use all my dishwasher tabs/liquid I will start making my own. The barrel has dried and thus….. I shall make my own to save my family money. I have spent the last month perfecting this recipe to suit my own needs. It’s not rocket science, I promise!!
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
2 Cups of Borax
2 Cups of Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons of LemiShine (or 4 small packets of SF Lemonde Kool-Aid)
White Vinegar (rinse aid)
Mix all items together minus the White Vinegar. You can either mix together then add to your container of choice or add directly to the container of choice then shake. Very simple! Each dish-washing load will need appox. 2 tablespoons on home-made dish-washing detergent. If you have “hard water” you may need to use less Borax in your recipe but the Lemishine is an additive for dishwasher machines that can help w/ users who have “hard water” plus it gives the lemonade scent. Use 2 tbsp of White Vinegar as a rinse aid (or just fill to the top of your rinse aid section) to have your glasses come out sparkling clean.
This complete batch cost me $11.06 to make. Adding the LemiShine versus “koolaid” increased the price a tad, but it was worth the extra spending cost in my opinion. Each batch is equvilent to 100 loads. I can make 5 batches (500 loads) if I were to use the complete $11.06 (after taxes). That’s right 500 loads for $11.06!! If you washed 1 load of dishes in the dishwasher per day, you would have 15 months of detergent for $11.06!! Or you can use any left over product to make other DIY Cleaning Recipes.
Adjust recipe depending on your water source.
Use a tight fitting container and never use a container from a different type of cleaner.
Label & store is safe place.
What is Borax?
In case your unsure about using Borax in dishes, 20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, & boxed for consumers. Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a natural occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Absolutely nothing is added. no phosphates, chlorine, or other additive chemicals. Borax is suggested to boost your cleaning power & can be used as an additive even if you are currently using a specific dishwasher detergent instead of making your own.
I noticed no difference in quality. No spots or residue on my glasses or dishes. In fact, my daughter did not even know we made the switch after the initial test run because there were no clumps let behind as we had anticipated.
(Disclosure: Borax sent me samples in order to facilitate a review & create a recipe for my own family. All opinions are my own)