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  • Sheri Matlock

    Dishwasher Detergent. 1 box Borax (4lbs 12 oz or 76 oz )1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz or 3 lbs 7 oz)24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid.(or citric acid)3 cups Epsom Salt Lemi Shine rinse aid (do not omit) **There is also a recipe for laundry detergent.

  • Debbie Dodd

    Dishwasher Detergent Here is another one of my "sick of spending so much money on soap?", "tired of loading the dishwasher after dinner and finding you are out of dishwasher soap, again?". Save money and grocery store trips and make your own. It's really easy and last's forever! Here is what you need.  Dishwasher Detergent ingredients: 1 box Borax 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid. (**Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow, another option would be to use citric acid instead of lemonade) 3 cups Epsom Salt Lemi Shine rinse aid (this recipe does not work very well without it) Use Lemi Shine as a rinse aid. It works wonders. Just sprinkle about a tablespoon in the bottom of your dishwasher before you start it. This stuff is awesome!! If you want you could cut this recipe in half or even smaller to just try it out. You will still have to buy large boxes of Borax and Washing Soda which you can store for later use. Mix Borax, washing soda, salt and lemonade together in a large, very large, bowl. When ingredients are mixed together well put soap in a container of your choice. I picked up a container at Walmart in the kitchen center with a pouring spout for $5.00 and it is big enough to hold an entire batch of dishwasher soap. The soap does harden up after a while so you may also want to store it in 2 different containers, one should be air tight to help if from hardening. It even has a pouring spout to make things easy. Use 1 tablespoon per wash cycle. It has no fillers so you do not have to use nearly as much to get the job done! This recipe is for hard water users, if you have soft water you may want to browse the internet for a better recipe for soft water. Are you ready for the breakdown?? 1 box of borax $4.69 1 box A & H washing soda $3.19 24 packages of lemonade $2.80 3 cups of salt $2.00, this one is a guess because I already had salt in my storage and who knows how much I payed for it. Total= $12.68 1 tablespoon at a time........you tell me how long that's going to last. To top off my project me and my Cricut got together :) and cut out letters from vinyl to label the container. Yes I know they are a little crooked but I am to cheap to buy transfer paper for all my vinyl needs, besides I am storing it in the cupboard under my sink. I tried my first load yesterday and was quiet impressed with how clean my dishes were, I think my homemade soap cleaned them way better than store bought ever does and I did not even need a rinsing aid. I hope it works this well for you too!

  • Angela Minder

    homemade dishwasher detergent. 1 box Borax 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid. (**Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow, another option would be to use citric acid instead of lemonade) 3 cups Epsom Salt Lemi Shine rinse aid (this recipe does not work very well without it)

  • Lisa Saylor

    Love this recipe also! I SWEAR by Lemi-shine...my dishes never have spots on them, I never will use anything else. You will notice a difference the very first time..even plastic containers are spotless! Dishwasher Detergent ingredients: 1 box Borax 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid. (**Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow, another option would be to use citric acid instead of lemonade) 3 cups Epsom Salt Lemi Shine rinse aid (this recipe does not work very well without it)

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This works great, I used the citric acid in my mix because i dont use any artificial ingredients. I found it at Wally Mart by the canning supplies for $2.95. I did add some Organic white vinegar to the rinse dispenser to help with some of the spots. I am pinning to save $$ because she has SO many great ideas on how to save you money but also clean your house green! GREAT BLOG!