I have been experimenting with DIY products for a few months now.
With each new product I try I learn something new. Some of the most important lessons I have learned are:
1. Make a small batch to begin with and try it a few times
2. Store powder mixtures in airtight containers
3. Once you open the ingredients used to make the products put the reminder in airtight containers
I made and tried a different DIY dishwasher detergent, but for my dishwasher it did not withstand the test of time. It did a great job of cleaning my dishes to being with, but after about a week the mixture became hard. So I broke it up and remixed it. When I used it after that my glasses and plastic dishes came out with a film on them. I do not think that the container I kept the detergent in was airtight and the mixture became hard when air got to it.
I decided to try a different approach to the whole DIY dishwasher detergent. I have been using the following recipe for several months and it has continued to work well for me.
What you will need:
1 1/2 cups of Lemi Shine (found near the dishwasher detergents)
1 1/2 cups of washing soda (found near the laundry detergents)
1/2 cup of baking soda (found in the baking aisle)
1/2 cup of Epsom salt (found near the first aid products)
Mix all of these items together and store them in an airtight container.
I used 1 table spoon with each load.
I have also started using vinegar as a rinse agent rather than Jet dry. When my dishwasher indicates that the rinse agent is low I simply pour some vinegar into the rinse agent slot.
Cost Break Down:
Lemi Shine = $3.99 12 oz (12 oz used = $3.99)
Washing Soda = $3.29 for 55 oz (12 oz used = .72)
Baking Soda = $1.35 for 2 lbs (1/2 cup used = .17)
Epsom Salt = $4.87 for 6 lbs (1/2 cup used = .61)
1 batch costs $5.49 and washes 64 loads which costs .09 per load.
I used to use Finish Dish tabs. A box of 60 costs $14.31. That breaks down .24 to per load.
I'm saving .15 per load!
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