Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent
I’ve needed to go to the commissary for several weeks now, but have put it off or things have gotten in the way or I’ve just not had time. And there I sat, three days before a planned trip to the commissary, but out of dishwasher detergent.
I was irritated, because the price difference in what I would pay at a store like Wal-Mart and what I would pay at the commissary for dish washing detergent is enough of a difference that I didn’t want to go buy a bottle just for three days.
Then it occurred to me. I probably had the ingredients needed to make my own detergent!
I did a search of recipes – they all read very similar. I even had unsweetened lemon aide drink packets (i.e. Kool-Aid) left over from the boys’ birthday party, which I was able to use as a substitute to the citric acid in the recipes.
I have to tell you – this is another frugal winner in this household. No more eco-friendly Palmolive gel for us. We’re going to stick with this pennies on the dollar version.
½ cup 20 Mule Team Borax
½ cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (note: this is not baking soda)
¼ cup Kosher salt
¼ cup citric acid (or 4 packets unsweetened lemon aide drink mix- like Kool Aid)
Mix everything together.
Use 1 Tablespoon per load.
I store mine in a ziplock freezer bag.
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Hmm… I have everything but the washing soda. Wonder where I can find that one?
(I’m on Gregg’s computer — mine crashed – hence the confusing picture.)
I found it at Kroger, and I’ve seen it at Wal-Mart. My guess is that it is standard in grocery stores.
Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely tru it!
Believe it or not, I can find washing soda at our little commissary here in Warsaw…But, can’t find the koolaid…I will be on the lookout because this sounds so much better than the store stuff.
If you have Big Lots, they usually carry the washing soda too. I’ll be making this up quickly! I hate spending the money on dishwasher soaps! Hallee, what is the salt for? If we have hard water, do you think we should still add it?
My guess is that it’s for keeping the suddsing down to a minimum.
I will look for it at Big Lots!
Hmmm, since we have really hard water, I’m going to skip the salt and see what happens. Bubbles do not abound here normally. :o)
if you can’t find it at your locar supermarket. You can order it at acehardware.com and they will deliver to the store for free. hope it helps
You could find it at at wholesale food supply store, or a place to get supplies to make homemade beer or wine (we have a huge Liquor Barn that is the most stocked I’ve ever seen.) You can also get it online.
I have hard well water as well, and no water softener, so I think I will also skip the salt. How do you buy citric acid, apart from the Kool-aid packs? Is that something sold in a grocery store? In powder form? Do you find it in the baking section?? I made laundry soap and fabric softener over the weekend, so I am now anxious to try the dishwasher detergent…that stuff is ridiculous expensive!!!
I found the Washing soda and the Borax at Wal Mart in the laundry isle.
I just tried this today and the dishes came out just as clean as with the commercial powdered detergent I’ve been using – and I actually used less/load of the homemade! I love it! Thanks for posting!
I noticed some comments above about the salt – this could very well be to keep suddsing down, but I do know of other recipes that have added ingredients specifically for keeping the powder from clumping. A friend of mine puts a few bits of uncooked rice in hers, but no salt. Just thought I’d throw that out there if anyone skipped the salt but has a clumpy mixture :).
Just made this!! My hubby keeps citric acid on hand for cooking~we buy it at the indian store for $1.99 for 3.5oz.. Just told him to buy more to keep on hand for my dishwasher soap. Can’t wait to see how it works!
Don’t know how I missed this post but will be making this tonight.