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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