Sunday Sep 19, 2010

How many of you have and regularly use your dishwasher?  I definitely do and for several reasons.

  • It saves me time versus washing by hand.
  • It saves me money – less water and detergent is used when you wash your dishes in the dishwasher (always run your dishwasher completely FULL)
  • My dishes are cleaner and sanitized – I always wash my dishes with the “sanitizer” on – this kills germs and keeps germs from spreading in my home.
  • It’s easy to clean the kitchen and place the few plates and other dishes into the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink – using my dishwasher helps to keep my kitchen cleaner looking!

My dishwasher gets a workout everyday it seems.  We go through alot of dishes around my house for some reason.  Well, that also means we can go through alot of dishwasher detergent.  So, I started doing a little research online to find recipes for homemade dishwasher detergent.  And I found one that is not only easy, it’s cheap and I had 2 out of the 3 ingredients (the Borax and the Washing Soda from the homemade laundry detergent that I make)!    The 3 ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 packet of KoolAid Lemonade (unsweetened)

Well, you can’t get any easier than that for ingredients can you?  And, it’s simple to make too!  Just mix everything together in your container (I am using a Ziplock plastic storage container).  Actually, I just put the ingredients in, put the lid on the container and shook it really well.

You only have to use 1 tablespoon of the homemade dishwasher detergent in each compartment.  Also, instead of purchasing the “rinse aid”, use plain white vinegar instead.  Just use your funnel and pour it in to the place that you would normally place the “JetDry”.

I think you will be pleased with the results of the homemade detergent.  I actually had a glass 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup that I thought had become severely etched.  I was almost to the point of throwing it away and buying a new one.  Well, after 1 wash with the homemade detergent, I noticed a huge difference in the measuring cup!  It was almost clear again…. then after the 2nd wash, the glass was completely clear.  I’m not really sure if it was the homemade detergent or the vinegar, but whatever it was, I’m going to keep using the homemade detergent and the white distilled vinegar for the rinse aid.  Something is working and I see no ready to change it!

I read where someone said that it wasn’t worth it to them to make homemade dishwasher detergent because they were only going to be saving maybe $10 per year.  Undoubtedly, they do not wash alot of dishes like I do LOL  But, because I already had the ingredients (except for the 20 cent packet of KoolAid which I picked up on my next grocery visit), making my dishwasher detergent saves me alot of time and money.  Plus, my dishes are coming out so much cleaner.  I couldn’t ask for more (well except for maybe someone to load the dirty dishes and unload the clean ones LOL!)

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