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Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
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How "Crunchy" are you? Would you make your own dishwasher detergent? What if it not only saved you money, but worked better than the commercial stuff?

I am thinking that if you are truly crunchy, you would not use a dishwasher, but would wash all your dishes by hand.

Well, I guess if you were truly crunchy, you would use sand to clean your dishes - but I don't think I am willing to go that far! LOL

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Rachele Burke posted: Truly crunchy would just eat with their hands, LOL

I know that some feel that you use less water when you use a dishwasher - but you don't use less energy. And I think it depends on how you wash, if you use more water one way or another?

Does Using a Dishwasher Actually Decrease Water Use? - The study found the average dishwasher uses between 12 and 16 litres (3-4.25 gallons) of water, while washing dishes by hand uses as much as 63 litres (16.5 gallons).

I certainly do not use 16 gallons of water to wash dishes and it never takes me 80 minutes! I fill the sink half-way, which is what? A couple of gallons, and can do most of the day's dishes within 15 minutes.

Homemade Dishwasher Soap Recipe
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup kosher salt (or table salt)
½ cup citric acid (double this if you have hard water)

Mix everything together and store in a plastic container. Use 1 Tbsp per load. Use white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher to help keep your dishes from getting spotty.

From: ladywiththeredrocker.com

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Katie Bug posted: When I'm broke and out of soap for laundry, I save old used bars of soap and boil them down and TaDa! Laundry soap!!!

Kahren Pelzer posted: I use my dishwasher a lot. Thank you so much!

Elaine Murszewski posted: WOW thank you for this! Is there a place on your website that has all these great tips?

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Dawn Yoder posted: If I had a dishwasher, I'd certainly try it. I make my own laundry detergent and love the money I save. It would certainly be worth trying

Deedee Warner posted: The most energy is used by a dishwasher during the heat dry cycle, which is why I never use it; I just leave the door cracked to the dishwasher

Jenni Evans Froelich posted: I tried this and it was horrible. Loved the homemade laundry soap though

Luanne Claybrook posted: I would try it since I already have most of the ingredients to make it, but I'm not confident it will work better than my Cascade action pacs :) I have tried many other brands and nothing else works like Cascade. I found that the old saying "you get what you pay for" rings very true when it comes to dishwasher detergent.

Jessica Stillman posted: Luanne, I was a Cascade fan as well. Swore by it. But one time I couldn't afford it so I got some Eco friendly tabs that were on sale at Safeway. The brand is Ecover. The dishwasher tabs work SO much better than Cascade. I live in an area with extremely hard water, and my dishes are now sparkling and my glasses are not cloudy looking anymore.

Jenni Evans Froelich posted: Vinegar does help, but if your glasses are really cloudy already it won't make them clear again

Jessica Stillman posted: If your glasses are really cloudy, you can soak them in warm water and white vinegar to remove it. I just soak them in my sink and don't be frugal with the vinegar!

Roberta Murray posted: Using the dishwasher DOES save water but you have to turn off the heat dry setting and crack the door... [I mean] open it, don't break it!

Twenty Mule Team Borax - Natural Laundry Booster and Multi-Purpose Cleaner-76 oz. Natural laundry booster and multi-purpose household cleaner.Church + Dwight Co 03020 Arm + Hammer Super Washing Soda - Adds Extra Cleaning and Freshening Power For Tough Household Jobs
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20 Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster and Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Arm + Hammer Super Washing Soda
AzureGreen Kosher Salt
SAAQIN® Citric Acid

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