I was really excited to make my own dishwasher detergent, the price seems to get higher and higher every time I go to the store.
The best part of making this recipe is that I had the perfect container and it held the entire batch of dishwasher detergent. Of course I had to use Cameron and make a vinyl label for my pretty container.
I did have to buy the Lemi Shine, Dishwater Detergent Additive, Super Concentrated, 12 oz (3 Pack), but had the other cleaning products on hand from making my own laundry detergent.
- 2 parts borax
- 2 parts washing soda
- 1 part Lemi Shine
- 1 part salt
- essential oils for scent (completely optional)
- Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
- Use 1 tablespoon per load as needed.
This was the one homemade household cleaner that I was the most excited about and the most disappointed in. I need to share my result with you. My dishes came out with a worse film on them then the slight film I had started with. I wish I had thought to take a picture to show you how bad they were. I thought maybe my water softener was out of pellets and continued to use my homemade dishwasher detergent until I could not stand it any longer. I did have to go out and buy dishwasher detergent, but I bought an all natural one.
I don’t know if the powder formula did not work since I have very hard city water? We do use a water softener and I used a rinse agent, so I am not sure what is not working for me. I started to use my homemade detergent as a carpet freshener. I have sprinkled it over the carpet before I vacuum. I could not see wasting the entire canister.
I am not giving up, I will be trying to make a liquid dishwasher detergent and see if maybe that is what I need. Do you have any ideas for me about what to try next?