If you have bought the ingredients for this, you have all the ingredients for my other Cleaning Recipes!! Check out my other Cleaning
Recipes for saving some money AND working fabulously! 🙂
SO, I only made a very small batch this time to try them out before wasting a bunch more of my ingredients on a recipe that dosn’t work! 😛
Everyone’s dishwasher is different, and your hard water will also make a difference. In my opinion, our dishwasher stinks, and our water is so hard you can practically jump on it! ha! I use the sink ONCE, and it has hard water stains.
I will give you my BEST bit of advice that I have Ever been given- check out LemiShine. That stuff is the BOMB! (Is that word totally out of style now? LOL, just trying it out to see how I like it, so far the thoughts going through my head are worries over some internet thing tagging my site as being a threat because I use that word!! hehe :D)
Lemi Shine totally takes care of your hard water issues. I’ve tried EVERY single recipe I have seen online for a good dishwasher detergent, for YEARS I have been trying different ones. THIS is the best thing I have found! and totally weird, because I have tried a similar recipe, without making it into tabs and it totally didn’t work for me!
It’s easier than it looks:
2 cups Washing Soda (can find at a Health Food Store or Walmart)
2 Cups Borax (Find in Laundry Isle at grocery store)
1/2 cup Sea Salt (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tsp Liquid Lemi Shine (found at Canadian Tire- SO worth the extra trip for just this item!!) Click here for more info on LemiShine.
stir together, press into 2 Ice cube trays. Let sit for 24 hours or so. Mine sat for 2 days, we went on a little road trip 🙂
They pop out really easily, and store in air-tight ish container
Use with 3 drops liquid Blue Dawn Dishsoap, Next time I am going to stir in the Dawn too 🙂 My guess is you would use about 2 tsp Dawn stirred in as well.
And I am still gun shy about not having enough LemiShine in the dishwasher, so I squirt about 1 tsp in with it too. It WORKS I tell ya!!
FYI, they don’t fit in most dishwasher sized soap dispensers, I just pop it into bottom of dishwasher 🙂
For step by step instructions with pictures, and a little different recipe, check out my inspiration for this recipe: One Good Thing by Jillee 🙂
OK, here is a free tip about Dishwashers, got from my local dishwasher fixer guy:
Dishwasher companies and dishwasher soap companies are in cahoots. Dishwasher soap has only about 1/3 actual soap, 1/3 paper to make it look bigger, 1/3 sand to make it heavier. The paper in there is gumming up your machine, so that you have to call the repair guy or get a new one. Pretty sneaky, eh?!
Apparently the only good dishwasher soap out there is Amway 😛 and ya, go figure, he sells the stuff too! So, I bought some Amway soap (pretty pricey, but you only need 1/3 the amount you usually use) and my dishwasher started to get my dishes clean. Along with the LemiShine of course 🙂
So, until I use up my Amway soap, my plan is to alternate between Amway and homemade stuff. 🙂
oh- and I have also been using Vinegar as my Rinse Aid in each load. Not sure if I need it, with the LemiShine, but as I said, I’m nervous about it not working! 😛 Check out my post on Vinegar in your Dishwasher here. And try Vinegar for your fabric softener too, works like a charm 🙂
Here’s the cost breakdown that I can find in approximates: $3.83 for borax, $1.99 for washing soda, and $2.00 for Dawn, $4.49 for Lemi Shine, $1.00 for Sea Salt, $3 for Vinegar. I should be able to make about 6 batches of Dishsoap with these ingredients, with some leftover ingredients. Total of all ingredients: $16.31. Each batch would come to approximately $2.72. You get 32 loads out of a batch, so each load of dishes will cost about .o8 or 8 Cents 🙂
As opposed to the Finish Powerball Tabs (or other similar products) from Walmart, package of 85 for $13.87, which breaks down to 16 cents a load. So it’s half price, those are pretty good numbers! 🙂
Sounds pretty good, huh?! 😀
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