Trying to free up money to for emergency supplies means cutting back on expenses elsewhere. One thing I am trying is to cut back on commercially made products, and replace them with homemade substitutes. One project that turned out well was to make homemade liquid soap. I found a good recipe for homemade dishwashing powder over at Survival Common Sense.
Most of the grocery and Target stores in my area did not have Borax or washing soda but I found them at Wal-Mart. They can also be found on Amazon.
You will need a clean empty jar (I used a recycled plastic jar), a measuring cup and a measuring spoon.
Here are the ingredients I used:
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1/4 cup store brand kosher store
2 packets of lemonade flavor unsweetened Kool-Aid (1/4 cup citric acid can also be used but Kool-aid was easier for me to find)
White vinegar (as a rinse aid)
Mix all together in a jar. Measure two tablespoons of the mixture into your dishwasher’s soap compartment, along with three drops of dishwashing liquid. Important: do not put more than three drops of dishwashing liquid, as this will overflow your dishwasher with suds.
Add vinegar to the rinse aid receptacle to make sure your glasses are spot free.
I ran a dishwasher full of dirty dishes at the normal cycle. After washing was completed, I checked the glasses. They came out clean. I had one that had chocolate milk stains all over it when I put it in:
No chocolate milk stains were left in the glass. They were not completely spot free, about one to two spots appeared in some of the glasses; but for everyday use, I’d say the homemade dishwashing powder worked just fine.
A note about storing homemade dishwashing powder: I initially stored the powder mixture under the sink with the rest of the cleaners. The next day, I took it out to use it for the next load, I noticed the powder was starting to clump. I think the humidity may affect the powder and cause clumping if left too long. This does not have chemicals to keep it free flowing. I shook the jar vigorously and most of the clumps disappeared so I will be able to continue using it. If you live in a humid area, you may want to cut the recipe in half. I moved it to another spot that has less humidity.
I consider this experiment a success and will continue to use the homemade dishwashing powder.
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