Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

One of the ways that I save money is by making my own cleaning products (go here for some of the other cleaning products I make).  When it comes to dishwasher detergent, I usually stock-up on Electrasol when there is a $2.50 coupon and I am able to get it super cheap or sometimes even FREE combined with a sale.  I use this recipe when I run out of Electrasol before the next coupon. 

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

•1 Cup Baking Soda
•1 Cup Borax
•1 Cup Water
•2-3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)

1.Mix baking soda, borax & water until dissolved and then mix in essential oil.

2.Store in a jar or squeeze bottle.

3.Use 2-3 tablespoons per load.

The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning

This is one of my favorite books for making Homemade Cleaning Products!
The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier

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  1. How does this work for stuck-on foods? I've yet to find a homemade dishwasher detergent that works well. Last time I ran out, I tried using a mixture of borax, baking soda, and a small amount (a teaspoon?) of dishwashing liquid; it was the best homemade version I've tried, but not nearly as good as Electrasol.

  2. What a great idea! In a pinch, I've washed dishes with baking soda and really hot water, but your way sounds much more economical. (I also watch for either Electrasol or Cascade to go on sale. Paying full price for it makes me cringe.)
    PS--your little boy looks so cute in that picture!

  3. I started making some too after I started laundry soap.I found it on another blog,but it calls for 1 tbs of borax and 1 tbs of washing soda but I mix them together and use 1 tbs total and it works great and then I put vinegar in the compartment to help with spots and drying.I may have to try your out though.


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