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How To: Homemade Dish Detergent

Here is a quick way to save 50% or more on your dishwasher detergent.  It’s made with easy to come by ingredients you can find at Wal-Mart and you can increase your savings if you purchase some of these online in bulk.

Here are the ingredients.

  • 2 parts borax
  • 2 parts washing soda
  • 1 part citric acid
  • 1 part kosher salt
  • 1 part baking soda

I mix all of these ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag, shake well, and leave for a few days before use.  The ingredients tend to cake together and it is easier if you shake the bag once a day and break apart anything that is starting to stick.  It’s easier to do in the bag instead of another air tight container where it can become hard as a rock in a corner of the container (trust me on this, I learned from experience).

I use 1 tablespoon of dish detergent with each load of dishes.  I live in an area where we do not use water softeners and I found that when I used this detergent alone it can leave a slight residue on your dishes.  So if you try this soap, I recommend that you add 4-5 drops of your favorite dish soap, like Dawn, to the detergent when putting it in the machine along with a rinsing agent.  To keep my dish cycle as all natural as possible, I use distilled white vinegar as my rinsing agent, I think it works as good if not better than the commercial kinds, not to mention there is a huge cost savings there.

Try it out and save some money.  When I purchased these items in bulk I ended being able to make this for about 1/3 of the cost of commercial dish detergent when I bought it in bulk from Sam’s Club.  Check out how to make your own washing soda from this linked video and blog.  Also, there are links provided where I bought some of these ingredients in bulk off of Amazon.com.

Let me know how this worked out for you in comments below.