I’ve been making my own Dishwasher Detergent for the past several months, and it’s really working great! Since this is such an easy way to save money I thought I’d share my recipe.
About once a year, we couponers are able to snag a high value dishwashing detergent coupon and stock up for just pennies on the dollar. But for those of you who missed it, or who aren’t really into couponing, this is a nice alternative that’ll cut down on your expenses and give you good results.
I used an old Purex Crystals bottle for storing my detergent, but you could use any container with a pour spout.
- 3 c. Borax
- 3 c. Washing Soda
- 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
- 1 cup Lemishine (found near the rinse aids). This ingredient eliminates residue.
Mix together thoroughly in a bowl. Store in an airtight container and use 2 tablespoons per load. Makes7 cups worth. Make sure you have a good container, as the washing soda will clump together if exposed.
How easy is that? I can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner…
In the end, you’ll wind up paying around $3.09 for 6 cups worth. Since each load only requires 2 tablespoons, you’ll have enough for 48 loads. That’s $0.06 per load! Compare to $0.15-$0.30 per load with the store bought varieties, which means you’re paying around 1/3 the price. If you do one load per day you’ll end up saving at least $40 per year by making it yourself. Not too shabby. But now combine that with savings you’ll realize by making other cleaners yourself and you can see how that will add up!
Come back next week to see how I make my own window cleaner. Or stop over HERE for my recipe for DIY Soft Scrub!
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