I have started making my own homemade dishwasher detergent!
Here is the recipe:
(yields: 32 loads)
1 cup Borax
--Add 1/2 cup vinegar to dishwasher & run the RINSE cycle.
Our dishwasher is pretty old, but runs pretty well. Just running the borax & soda left a film on our dishes, so I had to add the vinegar to the rinse cycle to make them clean & clear :) Yours may not require it!
So here is the bottom line cost for this detergent:
$3.12 for 20 Mule Team Borax (76 oz. or 9.5 cups)--- $.33 a cup or $.02 per load
$1.79 for Meijer brand Baking Soda (64 oz. or 8 cups)--- $.22 a cup or $.012 per load
$2.79 for Meijer brand vinegar (128 oz. or 16 cups)--- $.09 a 1/2 cup
So that's LESS THAN
$.12 per load
or $3.34 for 1 recipe (32 loads)!
I looked up some common brands & here is the cost difference:
-Cascade Complete All-in-1 tablets 48 count container $11.75-$16.00 or $.22-33 per load ($.10-20 load)
-Cascade liquid 75 oz. (approx 28 loads) $4.28-$6.99 or $.15-25 per load (few cents to $.09 load)
-Palmolive 75 oz. (approx 28 loads) $5.79-$7.99 or $.21-29 per load ($.09-19 load)
Want to make this a liquid detergent?
Just add these ingredients...Liquid Detergent recipe:
(yield 32 loads)
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup water
1 drop of orange or lemon essential oils
--Mix borax, soda, water & oil in a pourable container like a 1/2 gallon picture or jug.
--Use 2-3 Tbs. for each load
|lemon essential oils|