I was recently running out of dishwasher detergent and hadn't come across any great deals lately. Not too long ago I made some more of our DIY laundry detergent (which I love!), so I thought I'd check out some recipes on Pinterest and see what I came up with for the dishwasher......and success!!
I've used it for about a month now to be sure it worked well before recommending it to you lovely readers, and I am loving it!! It was so easy to make, and cheaper than store-bought detergent. I got most of my inspiration from here and this is the recipe I used....
- 1 c. Borax
- 1 c. Washing Soda (or baking soda)
- 1/4 c. Citric Acid (often found with canning supplies)
- 1/4 c. kosher salt (I'm not sure if kosher vs. table makes a difference)
To run a load, put 2 Tablespoons in the detergent compartment and add 3 drops of dish soap (like Dawn).
If you have hard water, you can double the citric acid. The citric acid will sometimes cause it to clump, but I just left the container open and checked it every few days, breaking it up with a butter knife. After a week or so, it was fine and didn't clump anymore - YMMV. I just give it a little shake now when I use it.