I love my dishwasher.....but I hate the pricey dishwasher detergents I buy at the store way too frequently. Plus, we have hard water where we live, and I am always pulling out glasses and cups that are not cleaned right and even look kind of nasty!
I found this recipe for making your own automatic dishwasher detergent, and the bonus (besides being very money-saving indeed!), is that this detergent is eco-friendly. The cost? On average, it works out to 50 loads for 50 cents!
DIY: Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe:
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup citric acid
Shake thoroughly or stir and store in tightly covered jar. Use one tablespoon per load. For best results add white vinegar to the rinse dispenser.
Arm and Hammer makes a washing soda also known as sodium carbonate. It is a natural substance made from salt and limestone. Borax is a naturally occurring substance in the environment and you can usually find it in the laundry detergent isle. Kosher salt is a pure salt.
This recipe came from www.care2.com a site for the environment.