Home-made Dishwasher Detergent

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Detergent for the dishwasher is SO expensive. I searched the net for a home-made alternative and developed this simple recipe. We've been using it for a while now and it washes the dishes even better than the shop bought variety. The amount needed will depend on how soft your water is - we find 1 tablespoon is enough, but we're on tank water. You might need 2 tablespoons if you're on hard town water. Instead of Rinse Aid, we just use white vinegar.

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  • add   2-3 drops perfumed oil (optional)
  • add   1 cup borax
  • add   1 cup washing soda (crystals)


  1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until washing soda crystals are reduced to powder.
  3. Store in airtight container.
  4. Use 1- 2 tablespoons per load in your dishwasher.
  5. (To save even more money, substitute Rinse Aid with white vinegar.).