Dishwasher detergent can be expensive, costing upwards of $10 for a container or bottle. In addition, many detergents are full of chemicals that can harm the environment, your children or your pets if they accidentally ingest the detergent. Additionally, some dishwasher detergents are ineffective if the home has hard water. An alternative to buying expensive, chemical-laden commercial detergent is to make your own dishwasher detergent from household ingredients. Homemade dishwasher detergent is natural and far less expensive than commercial options.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4 cup Borax
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup white vinegar, optional
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Mix together 1/4 cup of Borax, 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of coarse salt and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Pour the detergent mixture into the detergent receptacle in your dishwasher and close the compartment.
Run the dishwasher according to the manufacturer's instructions.