A few years ago, I started this little frugal journey to make my own homemade dishwasher soap. It did not come easy. Our water does not mix well with homemade cleaners, I guess because we actually have a lot of sulphur in our country water;-)
For some reason, I just could not find washing soda, even on Amazon, or at Wal-Mart. I think it was really before people began to lose their jobs, and cinch the financial belts. I tried baking soda at first, but I ended up buying dishwasher soap at the Dollar Tree. That wasn’t very natural, but I persisted and finally found the ingredients.
Now, of course, you can find these ingredients in just about any department store I have seen them in WalMart and Targer. Here is my new and improved recipe:
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
1/2 cup of sea salt or citric acid
Mix the ingredients in a jar or container, doubling it if you need to. Then add 2 TBL per load of dishes into the soap compartment. Because our water is not always compatible with breaking down soaps anyway, I add to the rinse dispenser, homemade citrus cleaner (which helps to break down grease). I even added a few extra drops of orange oil, which makes everything smell nice.