Start saving money with this super simple dishwasher detergent recipe!
Stop buying those dishwasher tablets and say goodbye to their ridiculous price!
A few months ago I was reorganizing my craft room and came across a few unopened bags of citric acid from my soap making days.They were still fresh bags and though I wasn’t interested in making soap at the time, I hopped on Pinterest looking for other resourceful ways to use citric acid…
Low and behold – I came across a recipe for D.I.Y dishwasher detergent. Yassss! That was literally my next obstacle: finding a cheaper dishwashing detergent.
The recipe is simple and only calls for 3 ingredients:
1. Baking Soda
2. Citric Acid or Lemi-Shine or Lemonade Flavored Kool-Aid
3. Dawn Blue Dish Soap
I did my trial and error run with my entire stock of citric acid and I was super impressed with the cleanliness of my dishes after this.
Note: Before I run the dishwasher, I do rinse all the dishes that need it in the sink first. I also usually keep a sink of hot soapy water to toss bottles and handwash-able items into throughout the day.
I also purposely left some dishes pretty dingy rather than rinsing them off like normal just to see the strength of this detergent – It works great!!
So I understand some readers are all, “Awesome! But where the eff do you find citric acid??”
– Online is your best deal next to possibly finding bigger packages of it in your soap-making section of the craft store you prefer…
Remember when I said you can also use Lemi-Shine or Lemonade Flavored Kool-Aid? These two products are much easier to find (both at wal-mart/target/grocers) and the reason for this ingredient is to battle the hard-water stains on your glassware. It’s possible that if you run water softener through your pipes that this ingredient might not be necessary in your detergent but I would imagine most people need it.
Try running it with and without to see what works better for your dishwasher.
I have not ran this little dishwasher detergent experiment with the Kool-Aid personally, I do not know how it stands up to citric acid or to the lemi-shine (which I have used both).
Honestly, I recommend Lemi-Shine over citric acid – it’s much easier to obtain for me and my fiance can actually find it at the store when I need him to grab some.
For my homemade dishwasher detergent, I keep both the powders (equal parts, mixed) in an old candle jar and kept a lot of those baby formula scoops to use for things like this.
Every time I am ready to run the dishwasher- I sprinkle 2-3 scoops of detergent powder INSIDE the dishwasher (see picture).
I then slide in the bottom rack and carefully use 1-3 drops of Dawn Blue Dish Soap in the detergent dispenser (where you normally put your tabs or liquid detergent).
*Be careful to use very little soap as you do not want to waste hours of your life cleaning up bubbles mommas!*
Next time you are in the cleaners/detergent aisle at your favorite store, grab a bottle of Lemi-Shine and try it out! Both a big box of Baking Soda and a container of Lemi-Shine each cost just over $3.00.
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda as well as Dawn Blue Dish Soap are already two major cleaning products I use in my home. I will now be adding Lemi-Shine to this list as it’s safe, resourceful and actually works!
COMMENTS: If anyone out there actually HAS used the Lemonade Flavored Kool-Aid as an alternative hard-water stain remover- Please comment below and share your experience with it!
I love to recommend money saving products and hacks!