My sweet, frugal friend Carrie has a great recipe for homemade powdered dishwasher detergent that I tried and love. Since this was a trial for me, I only did half of her original ingredient measurements, but next time I will double it to what she used. I do have to say, since you don't use very much of it for a full load, even the half batch will last a bit. Best of all, it cost about .40 cents (if that) to make. So divide that into your wash loads and you are literally cleaning for a fraction of the cost of store bought. That's well worth it to me!
Powdered Dishwasher Detergent
1 c. Borax
1 c. baking soda
2 small packets lemonade flavored kool-aide or flavor-aide drink mix
Bottled liquid bleach (for later use)
Mix all ingredients together, expect for the liquid bleach. Store dry mixture in an airtight container. (If you have ever ordered take away and gotten an order of soup, keep that container. It makes a great storage receptacle for your detergent.)
To use: pour about 1 T. of liquid bleach into your dishwasher soap dispenser; then add in 1 spoonful* of powdered detergent.
*Definition of spoonful -- I use a regular cereal size spoon
Click HERE for printable recipe
Original Recipe Source: Farming On Faith
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