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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