Friday, February 17, 2012

Made By Me: Dishwasher Soap

I have been dying to do this...
Ever since my dear sister posted about making your own laundry soap (click here) we have been in a frenzy to do more of this make your own stuff.  So I have been searching online and I found some info about making your own dishwasher soap.  I was so super excited but had some dishwasher soap left...so I had to wait but I made this just the other day. 
If you have already made your own laundry soap, then you already have two of the main ingredients so you will probably need to spend maybe about $3.00 to make your own dishwasher soap.
At first I thought that it was coming out about even, but you will be saving money doing this.


Ingredients:
 1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Citric Acid (kind of hard to find...so you can use Sugar free Lemonade in its place)
I found these packets at Walmart and they were .12 each.  I needed about 15 packets to make 1/2 cup.


Ice Cube Trays?!?!  I'll tell you in a minute :)


Place everything in a can.  You can use a coffee can, I used a food storage can.  
Put the lid on and shake.


Do you love those handy little blocks that you just pop in the dishwasher.  This is where you will use the ice cube trays.  Pack your mixture into the ice cube trays and...little blocks.

NOTE: I found out shortly after putting these in the trays that they don't pack down when using the sugar free lemonade.  I guess that is something in the citric acid that makes them clump and pack.  So...sad news this won't work if you are using lemonade instead of citric acid. :(  


So instead...I placed my dishwasher soap in this cute jar and have my handy scoop ready.


My next favorite trick.  I have avoided buying Jet Dry at the store because it is so pricey.
Did you know that you can use White Vinegar or Lemon Juice instead?
Well...now you do and it is much easier on the wallet.

Made By Me: Dishwasher Soap

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Citric Acid or Sugar Free Lemonade

Place ingredients in container, shake well and place in a jar.  Use on Tablespoon per dishwasher load.
You can also pack soap into ice cube trays to make blocks.
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3 comments:

Shepherd said...

Yesssssss....

Shepherd said...

Yesssssss....

aubs said...

I cannot wait to try it, I HATE spending Tom's hard earned money on silly but necessary items like dishwahing detergent. Thanks for sharing!