The place we are currently living is the first home where we have had the luxury of a dishwasher. It didn’t even cross my mind until browsing Pinterest one day that I would save a lot of money, and waste, if I made my own detergent.
I didn’t follow the recipe I found on Pinterest. I was too lazy to search through all the millions of pins saved, instead I googled homemade dishwasher detergent and found this one. It was so simple, it really took under a minute to throw together. I also had all the ingredients on hand (from making laundry detergent and other projects), which is a huge plus in my book.
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1/2 cup citric acid
I put all the ingredients into a quart sized mason jar, then shook it until it was all combined. It is very concentrated (also, it clumps a little, but that is normal), so you only use one tablespoon of this mix per load of dishes. Fill the rinse agent compartment with vinegar then turn your machine on!
I have used it several times already, and it really does work just as well (if not better!) as the expensive Cascade brand dish soap we had been getting (plus, we don’t have a huge plastic bottle to dispose of afterwards). It really saves you a lot of money if you make your own cleaner, be sure to check out the original source to see the cost breakdown.
Edited to add: After using this for some time I think this recipe needs the addition of a tablespoon or so of rice, like it suggests in the original recipe, to prevent it from solidifying.