Monday, August 29, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Soap

Today, I made my own dishwasher detergent!

I found the recipe online. From what I have read online, it lasts for a really long time & is much cheaper than buying name brand detergents. Of course, if I find a deal using my coupons & I can get dish detergent for free or really cheap, I won't pass up the deal! ;)

Here is how I made my own dish detergent...

3 cups of Epsom Salt
1 Box of Borax (20 mule team borax, found in any supermarket with the laundry detergent)
1 Box of Super Washing Soda (found in any supermarket with the laundry detergent & soaps)
24 packages of unsweetened lemonade mix
Large container to store

In a very large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients listed above. Once you have finished mixing it well, you can pour it into your container.

I bought my container at Super Walmart for $3. Make sure it is an air tight container to help keep the detergent from hardening.

You will use 1 TBSP per wash cycle.

If you need a rinsing agent then you can add 1 TBSP vinegar or Lemi Shine to the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it.

Here is a breakdown of the cost:
$2.98 1 Box of Borax
$3.24 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
$2.88 24 Packages of Unsweetened Lemonade
$3.49 1 Carton (4lbs) of Epsom Salt (I only used 3 cups so there is enough left to make more soap)
Total = $12.59

This is much more than I would spend on dishwasher detergent but only using 1 TBSP per washing cycle, this should last for a very long time!

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