DIY Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Dishwasher DetergentYou can make a simple detergent that works well in dishwashers by mixing a cup of borax and a cup of baking soda or washing soda and storing it in a tub. Use a tablespoon or two of this mixture (depending on the size of your dishwasher) along with a bit of Oxiclean or a commercial detergent to run a load of dishes.

Personal finance and frugality blog The Simple Dollar recommends this recipe and also notes that it is virtually identical to their recipe for powdered laundry detergent. In both recipes the small amount of Oxy Clean acts as a surfacatant and becomes the active detergent. If you want a "finisher" such as Jet Dry, just add a teaspoon of vinegar; don't worry, your dishes won't smell like vinegar.

Have you ever your own cleaning products? If so, sound off in the comments below.

Make Your Own Dishwashing Detergent | The Simple Dollar

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