Remember when I showed you how to make laundry detergent? I told you then that I also make my own dishwasher detergent, so that’s what I’m going to share with you today. This is super easy and quick to make.
What you will need; Borax, Baking Soda, Citric Acid and White Vinegar
In a bowl combine;
- 2 cups Borax
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Citric Acid
Stir it up and put in a container with a lid. Use 2 tablespoons per load of dishes. Add a splash of vinegar to each load as a rinse agent, if desired. That’s it!
This detergent will clump because of the citric acid. Here are a few ways to make it clump less;
- Add a tsp of rice to the detergent to help absorb moisture.
- After combining ingredients, leave mixture out and stir several times each day for a day or two.
- Add 1/2 tsp. citric acid separately to each dishwasher load rather than adding it to the detergent.
Now let’s check out how much money we’re saving by making our own detergent.
Borax ($3.38 for a 4 lbs., 12 oz. box), Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ($3.24 for a 3 lbs., 7 oz. box) Citric Acid ($4.99 for a 7 oz. jar), 1 gallon of White Vinegar $1.79
Using 2 tablespoons per load of dishes, I can get about 18 loads per batch of detergent that I make, that’s equal to $0.05 per load!
- White Vinegar as a Rinse Agent 1 gallon solution – $1.79 – 1 fill = $0.06 per fill
Do you make your own dishwasher detergent? Or laundry detergent? Tell me in the comments!