Handmade Dishwasher Detergent Powder *Thrifty Thursday*

November 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

This is especially for Elaine (and anyone else who likes to save some mulla)!  I found this toot on my absolutely most favorite website craftster.com This is a great recipe and is more cost-effective if you use vinegar in the rinse cycle and citric acid from a brewery store or can be ordered online…we have slaters here in Lancaster if your from around these parts.


  • 2/3 cup borax
  • 2/3 cup washing soda
  • 1/3 cup citric acid (in the form of unsweetened lemonade koolaid powder packets, 12 ct)
  • 1/3 cup sea salt (or coarse kosher salt)
  • Bucket/container (at least 1 quart in size)

Basically you want a 2 to 1 ratio for everything, where as the 2 is borax and washing soda, and the 1 is citric acid and salt. So if you wanted to do a full cup of borax and washing soda, you would need 1/2 cups of citric acid and salt.
I basically based my measurements above using the 2:1 depending on how much powder were in the 12 koolaid packets that I had.
Which turned out to be roughly 1/3rd of a cup
Then I measured out the 2/3rd cups of Washing Soda and Borax

Then I measured the 1/3rd cup of sea salt (i did not have coarse kosher salt around, but i will use that instead in the future because it is cheaper; The reason for the salt is it basically helps to attack the crud and loosen it up on your dishes)
I tossed everything in this multi purpose quart container with lid that i bought from the hardware store, put the lid on it and shook it all about. lol In case you can’t see in this picture, this made approximately 14 ounces of dishwasher detergent powder, which at the recommended 1 tablespoon per load = 28 loads of dishes. What a serious bargain!

I then tested this on a full load of dishes…

I then put half a tablespoon in the “pre-wash” compartment, and half a tablespoon in the main compartment (the one that closes with a lid)
And let it go on the “pots and pans” cycle which is the longest wash cycle on my dishwasher.

About an hour or two later…………

Nice clean dishes with no foggy glasses!

And there you have it kids. You’re No longer a slave to the “man” (sorta)!

So here is the breakdown in cost:

  • Palmolive® eco+ gel 75 ounce detergent – $3.79 – 28 loads = $0.14 per load
  • Jabs Homemade powder 32 ounce detergent – $2.33 – 50 loads = $0.05 per load

Here are the cost savings for my homemade rinse agent that goes along with this recipe:

  • FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent 4.22 ounce solution – $3.99 – 1 fill = $3.99 per fill
  • White Vinegar as a Rinse Agent 1 gallon solution – $1.79 – 1 fill = $0.06 per fill


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