Make your own CHEAP dishwashing detergent and rinse aid.

Make your own CHEAP dishwashing detergent and rinse aid.

First we tackled the dryer; now we’re on to the dishwasher! Apparently, a homemade version is incredibly easy to make and cheap cheap cheap. (I found this recipe repeated on about a dozen other websites, but it’s so good, it required a Curbly appearance.)  

What you need:

For the detergent:

Mix 1 part Arm & Hammer to 1 part 20 Mule Team.

Add 2 tablespoons of your powder concoction to your dishwasher’s detergent dispenser.

For the rinse aid:

To combat water spots, add vinegar to your rinsing agent dispenser.

And that's it!! Could it get any easier?!

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Anonymous on May 06, 2009:

Got something cheaper three drops of palmolive oxy dish detergent cleans and shines dishes better than any other and u dont get all the suds with this low amount


leslieinbham on Mar 04, 2008:

Have you tried this with a citric acid variation?  Just wondering regarding a comparison since my healthfood store gives me stink-eye whenever I ask them to stock citric acid.  I can't remember that exact recipe, but I think it was borax and citric acid...ah...probably something else pretty important...I use washing soda and borax in the washer and I use vinegar for fab soft--just a bit, no eau de ketchup or anything. 

Anyway, let me know how it goes.



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