Well, I ran my first load of dishes with my homemade dishwasher detergent. I must say, I’m very pleased. It cleaned just as well, if not better, than the gel detergent I had been purchasing. I can already tell that there will be some clumping in the mix, so I’ll probably head to the dollar store for some cheap stockings. Then I will make a small rice pouch to help absorb the moisture in the mix.
Here’s my vote:
Now, to share the recipe. (I chose the one on DIY Natural‘s blog.)
Homemade dishwasher detergent recipe
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (or Lemi Shine) (some recipes use a few packs of plain lemonade Kool-Aid)
- 1/2 cup kosher salt (or plain salt)
Fill rinse agent compartment with white vinegar.
Use 1 tbs per load
Jabs also included a FABULOUS price breakdown using the exact brand detergent we used.
Prior to making our own, we were using Palmolive eco+ liquid detergent. Here is the breakdown in cost analysis:
- borax | 76oz = 4.29 | 8oz=.45/batch
- washing soda | 55oz = 2.19 | 8oz=.32/batch
- citric acid | 80oz = 27.00 | 4oz=1.35/batch
- kosher salt | 48oz = 1.99 | 4oz = .16/batch
- total for 24 oz = $2.28/batch
- white vinegar (as rinse agent) | 1gal = 1.79 | 4oz=.06/fill
(**note** you only need to use 1 rounded tablespoon of this homemade detergent per load. If you feel it necessary… you may use a heaping tablespoon, but I do not.)
- Palmolive® eco+ gel 75 ounce detergent – $3.79 – 28 loads = $0.14 per load
- Jabs Homemade powder 24 ounce detergent – $2.28 – 48 loads = $0.05 per load
Here are the cost savings for my homemade rinse agent that goes along with this recipe:
- FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent 4.22 ounce solution – $3.99 – 1 fill = $3.99 per fill
- White Vinegar as a Rinse Agent 1 gallon solution – $1.79 – 1 fill = $0.06 per fill
That is a huge savings of 6650% on an effective rinse agent! Sounds too good to be true… but it is indeed true!
Those are the kinds of numbers I like to see!! (Also, substituting Lemi-Shine and regular salt, will provide extra savings!)