Dishwasher Detergent ~ Mountain Mama

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Dishwasher Detergent

Today, while doing one of my favorite chores ever (it must be a favorite since I do it everyday) I realized I was out of dishwasher detergent. So I made more.

Now I can continue doing my favorite chore. My day wouldn't be complete otherwise.

I'm not 100% satisfied with my recipe, but here it is.

What I Made:

1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Baking soda
2 packets lemonade flavor KoolAid
1/4 cup salt

Mix. Add 1-2T per load.

I've added the salt and KoolAid to this batch. Sometimes I get a white film on my glasswear and my Google Search recommended salt and/or KoolAid.

Lemonade flavor doesn't have enough dye in it to stain your dishwasher. Sour Apple Green is tempting though.

Do you have any other tips or suggestions?

*Even if you still decide to use brand-name detergent, try vinegar in the rinse dispenser.


  1. OK, this homemade cleaning stuff is just getting better & better all the time. I already use those same things to make laundry soap (ok, minus salt & KoolAid - but not like I don't have those handy) and now you are telling me I can wash my dishes too?! The KoolAide part is wild...does it leave a flavor? lol Sorry...gotta ask!

  2. Regina9:43 AM

    really?? i didn't know you could make your own..will have to try it "greener" than using the "green" (supposedly) stuff from Costco??

  3. OMG! KoolAid works? I'm surprised.


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