DIY Dishwasher Detergent Review

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!)



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