Homemade Dishwasher Powder

            Well, my homemade laundry soap was so popular that I thought I’d let you all in on my homemade dishwasher powder.  It’s actually even easier to make than the laundry powder.  🙂

            1 cup borax

            1 cup washing soda

            ¼ cup citric acid

            Mix it all up and put it in a water tight container.  Use 1 or 2 tablespoons for each load.

            If the powder leaves a residue, add ¼ cup sea salt.  The kind of water you have determines whether or not you need to add salt.  The citric acid can be purchased at health food stores.

            If you want to add a fragrance, add it after the other ingredients are well mixed by sprinkling over the top and mixing well.  Start with ¼ teaspoon and add more a little at a time until it smells the way you want it to.

            I haven’t figured out the math on this one yet, but I know it’s cheaper than the stuff I used to buy at the store and it’s better for the environment.  So that’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned!

            What things do you do at your house to save money and/or help protect the environment?  Do you have a favorite homemade cleaning product?  I would really love to hear about it!

6 thoughts on “Homemade Dishwasher Powder

  1. Okay, I made this and have been using it for at least 2 weeks. I’ve noticed my dishes are now really cloudy (they weren’t before) and anything plastic has a residue left behind. I’ve tried varying amounts (1-2 Tbsp. per load) on the normal cycle with and without the heat dry. Any suggestions? I really want to use this instead of the storebought eco-hazard stuff.

    • Did you try adding the sea salt? You can also put vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser. That usually cuts the residue.

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