A while ago I tried out making my own laundry detergent. I got the recipe from Matt Jabs over at Debt Free Adventure. I’m still using the laundry detergent and have even converted a few friends and family! Matt also has a recipe for dishwasher detergent that caught my interest when I was trying the laundry soap but in the interest of pacing myself, I waited on it.
When I was ready to try the dishwasher detergent I went back and found Matt’s recipe. It called for citric acid. He had a link to buy it on Amazon, and I thought about it, but upon doing further research I found some other people had made the detergent using Lemonade Kool-Aid packets, which are a lot easier for me to come by. The number 1 ingredient in those packets is citric acid. I wasn’t sure how many packets to use in a single batch, so I guessed. I used 4 packets. My dishes come out clean and sparkley – so it must be alright!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 4 packets lemonade flavor Kool-Aid powder (unsweetened – I buy the off-brand)
- 1/4 cup salt (Kosher salt recommended)
Pour it all into a resealable container and shake it up. Use 1 tablespoon per cycle.
Need a rinse aid? Use vinegar.
I have been very pleased with the results of this detergent. My dishes seem to be a more sparkley clean, which I love, and making it this way is less expensive than buying it. It has officially been added to my ever-growing arsenal of homemade products!
Why I do what I do ~ Me- “Chloe it’s almost nap time.” Chloe- “I don’t want to sleep.” Me- “Well, you’re going to take a rest and the great part is that I’m going to let you pick which bed to sleep in.” Chloe- “That is NOT a great part.”
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