We recently ran across a great blog posts about homemade dishwasher detergent recipes and thought our readers would appreciate reading about them as solutions for eliminating potential toxins from the kitchen and household as well as saving big bucks!
The article tested out six separate recipes and then gave a recommendation as to the one the author felt worked the best. Then we found a couple of very helpful videos to help you out as well with wonderful instructions on how to make dishwasher detergent as well as one on how to make it into actual Dishwasher Detergent Cubes for use in the dishwasher.
So here is a summary of the first blog article and her recipes along with the full ingredient list, although not all the ingredients are required for the best working of the six recipes.
(NOTE: Please keep all ingredients sealed and away from animals and pets)
Running your dishwasher saves water and energy over doing dishes by hand. But what are you spending on dishwasher soap? Commercial detergents cost as much as 40 cents per load. If you run your dishwasher every day, that adds up to $146 per year.
Homemade dishwasher detergents, made with common ingredients found in your grocery store, can cost as little as 2 cents per load, which adds up to only $7 per year with everyday use. The only tough-to-find ingredient is citric acid, which you can order online.
My Homemade Tests
I decided to set up a test of everyday ingredients to see how they’d clean, using easy recipes I found online. Here’s what I started with:
- Borax: $5 for a 76-oz. box.
- Washing soda: $3 for a 55-oz. box.
- Baking soda: $2 for a 4-lb. box.
- Citric acid: $3 for a 4-oz. bottle.
- Salt: $1 for a 26-oz. bottle.
- Vinegar: $6 for a 1-gal. bottle.
- Unsweetened lemonade mix: $1 for 5 packets.
Before trying each recipe, I smeared oatmeal on a clean, clear pot lid, let it dry for an hour, then put it in the center of the top rack of the dishwasher.
The author said that of all five test the one that worked the best was test #2.
Here is the recipe for her test #2:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup kosher salt
5 packets unsweetened lemonade mix
Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly sealed jar. Use 1 tablespoon per load, or 2 tablespoons for extra-dirty dishes. Makes 42 loads.
Cost per load: 2 cents
Effectiveness: The pot lid came out remarkably clean with this recipe. There were a few faint spots and one stubborn piece of oatmeal stuck to the right side (which took a fair amount of scrubbing by hand to remove) but overall it was pretty clean.
This is awesome information and we highly recommend you check out the full article and blog/website.
Want To See A Video Demonstrating How To Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent?
As we mentioned, we thought our readers might like to see a video so we found this one with similar ingredients as the above article demonstrating and talking about making up your own Dish-washing Detergent.
Be sure you watch to the end and get the part about the vinegar or you may have cloudy dishes.
Youtube Channel: homemaker hand guide
Additional Source From Author: www.homemakerhandguide.com
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1/2 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Salt
Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed container.
Use 1-2 Tablespoons per wash, and add more salt as needed.
*Use Vinegar as a natural rinse agent
* Keep out of reach of children and pets (as you would normal cleaners)
Now Here is the video about making the dishwasher detergent cubes & tablets:
Yourtube – Channel: TheCouponPrepper
Homemade Dishwasher Tablets: Ingredients
- ½ Cup of Borax
- ½ Cup of Washing Soda
- ½ Cup Epsom Salt
- 1 Tbsp Citric Acid
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 2 Tbsp Vinegar
- 2 tsp Citrus Essential Oil
Source For recipe: searching4savings.com
Will these ideas save you money?
Which idea do you like best?