I suppose that with buying a new house came a lot of need for cleaning supplies but wanting to try out ways to save a dime or two. While I have to update my posts for Laundry Detergent with my most recent feelings on them since it has been a month or two, I do want to get this one out there- Homemade Dish Detergent. Once again, I couldn’t find a recipe that I was completely satisfied with. So I have tweaked a couple recipes I’ve found online into a hybrid recipe that seems to be working QUITE well with this Arizona hard water issue we have in our new home.
Ingredients you’ll need:
3 cups Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle, under $4 at Wal-mart)
3 cups washing soda– NOT BAKING SODA (found in the laundry detergent aisle, under $4 at Wal-mart)
1 and 1/2 cup salt
1 and 1/2 cup Lemi-Shine (or entire 12 ounce bottle)… you can use citric acid but I found that to be more expensive
Simply mix all your ingredients together
And use 1-2 tbsp per dishwasher load
My container says 1 tbsp per load, but I’ve up’d it to two recently. You can play with your own dishwasher and see what works best for your appliance.
Hello, I found a similar recipe using Epsolm salt. I now have hard and crystallized chunks of my mixture. My container was cleaned and dry and there is no moisture in the cabinet. What what wrong?
I do love your posts and blog. Thank you for inspiration!
A: I’m not sure 🙁 The top of mine gets hard in between uses but nothing shaking it up doesn’t solve. Maybe try taping a “silica gel” packet to the top of your container? It should help keep it from clumping up into hard chunks. If you find something that works let me know! I’ll experiment on my end too.
I have tried homemade dishwasher detergent before, but have not been satisfied because we have very hard water. I am interested in the Lemon Shine and wonder if this is the ingredient I have been missing. Where do you buy that?
A: I found Lemi-Shine in the dish detergent section of Wal-mart. 12 ounces for under $4. I also saw it recently in our grocery store Bashas for almost the same price, in the same aisle (dish detergent). Before making this recipe, my mom used to use Lemi-Shine just as a booster with her store bought detergent (as did the woman who recommended it to her for hard water) which is the main reason I wanted to incorporate it in my recipe somehow. So whether or not you use this recipe, I highly recommend Lemi-Shine for hard water (I do NOT get paid to say that, but would like to LOL. Lemi-Shine Company if you’re reading- I LOVE YOU!)
Q: Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
Where did you buy the borax??
A: In the laundry detergent aisle actually! I’ve seen it both at Wal-mart and our local grocer Bashas but it was cheaper at Walmart by about 50 cents a box.
How many loads would you say this makes?
A: This makes about 144 loads… give or take. It really depends on how much you end up needing. Every dishwasher is going to be a little different- newer models should not need more than 1 tbsp where as older model dishwashers will need up to 2 tbsp