Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Yes, I’m at it again. 

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What can I say…the high from making my own laundry detergent {and having tons of borax and washing soda left over} propelled me to figure out how to make my own dishwasher detergent.

I’m cheap thrifty like that.

As the economy gets tighter and the cost of living goes up…enter a group of smart women who get more creative and resourceful to boot.

{I’m totally making a superhero cape, just so you know}

I did the research and am back to declare…”it’s so easy you’ll kick yourself”.  Or something.

So here you go…the {deliciously simply} recipe for dishwasher detergent {drum roll, please}, featuring the very same stars as the laundry detergent:

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1 part 20 Mule Team Borax

1 part Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Combine the powders in a large bowl and mix well {breaking apart any clumps you come across}.  Transfer the detergent to an airtight container {I used an old apple sauce jar}, and use just 1 tbsp of mixture per load.

You can use distilled vinegar for an added sparkle, simply add during your rinse cycle {or fill your machine’s clear rinse gel dispenser}.

If you want to live on the edge, add equal parts sea salt to the bowl {I didn’t simply because I don’t have any…and I’m far too attached to my kosher salt to let it dissolve in the dishwasher}, and…if you’re a sucker for a lemon scent…I “heard” you can get away with adding a couple envelopes of unsweetened lemon drink mix to the concoction.  I frankly don’t care what it smells like {although hot chocolate would be nice}…but please, don’t hold back…you go wild!

if you happen to be a dork like me and know you’ll be more apt to enjoy doing the dishes if your detergent bottle is pretty…

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Right click on the image below, save it, open it in Microsoft Word/Publisher, edit it to the size you want… and print it out on cardstock. 

Voila!  Pretty jar.  Cheap detergent.  World changer.

 Dishwasher Detergent label

{I adhered mine with superglue, but hey…I’m a little excessive}

Don’t you just love saving money?!? 

Cha ching!