This Frugal Friday I wanted to share our homemade dishwasher detergent experiment this week. I was looking for a alternative to the Costco brand dishwasher detergent I had been using. I wasn’t looking to change dishwasher detergent because of expense. The Costco brand dishwasher detergent is actually very inexpensive. I was looking to change because of the overwhelming chemical smell in my kitchen and on my dishes every time I washed a load of dishes. I never noticed it being that bad until I became pregnant. I can smell anything and everything now!
I switched to a eco-friendly, all natural dishwashing detergent, however, for our size family and the amount of dishes we wash…the small bottles and cost factor wasn’t going to work for us. It spurred me on to figure out a better alternative. A friend of mine sent me this dishwashing detergent recipe from the blog More Green For Less.
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent (makes about 70 loads)
- 3 cups baking soda
- 1 cup borax
- ¼ cup citric acid
- You also can use essential oils
In a container (large glass jar, plastic container with lid, or something air tight), mix the dry ingredients together. I used a plastic container with a lid and put all the dry ingredients in, put the lid on and gave it a few shakes.
Every load, place 1 tablespoon of dry ingredients in your dishwasher. I then throw 1/4 cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. I don’t have essential oils to use for the dishwasher yet, but have thought about using a citrus essential oil.
I’ve been washing several loads of dishes a day using our new homemade dishwashing detergent. We have been very pleased with the results…..and I have been especially thrilled with the lack of smell and the cleanliness of the dishes. I also like the simplicity of using few ingredients which also can be used in other areas of my home. Most of the problems I have read about with homemade dishwashing detergent are results with cloudiness of the dishes. We haven’t had this problem probably because of the addition of the citric acid which many recipes leave out.
I have seen other recipes that use washing soda instead of baking soda. I’m wondering what the difference is and might try a batch next time with washing soda and report my findings.