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Monday, January 14, 2013

Food Hussy DIY: DIY Dishwasher Detergent

So I've been trying the DIY thing thanks to Pinterest - I find such fun ideas! I have seen a lot of pins for laundry and dishwasher detergent - and since I was out of both - I decided to give it a try!  


The base ingredients are the same for both: Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soap - both are in the laundry aisle at Meijer/Walmart. The cost for both boxes was $11 - I've been able to make one batch of laundry and one batch of dishwasher soaps. Not bad! For the dishwasher you also used LemiShine ($3) and Kosher Salt ($3). I did use the entire container of LemiShine - but the Kosher Salt has plenty left over. 

The "recipe" is sooooo simple:

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

In a big bowl - combine: 
* 2 cups Borax 
* 2 cups Washing Soda
* 2 cups LemiShine
* 1 cup Kosher Salt

Stir and you're done! You use 1 Tablespoon per load in the dishwasher. 




I did use a dishwasher cleaner right before I used this for this first time - but it cleaned marvelously! Like this is 100x better than anything I had used (Finish, Cascade, etc...) - my dishes were all sparkling with no reside in them! The plates (even with caked on food) were bright white! 

When I made mine - I just poured all the ingredients into the container you see here - my measuring cup was dirty - so I used that small juice glass to measure. I used 2 of those for the borax, soda, lemi shine and then 1 of the salt. Once I had all the ingredients together - I put the lid on and then just shook it up for a few minutes to mix it! 

Bottom line: I will definitely keep using this and recommend it to any of you! Hope you like it! 
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