Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

Guest Post by Kara Cody

I’m really enjoying trying to make as many household items as I can in order to cut back on costs. This is a super easy and pretty cheap method to make powdered dishwasher detergent. This can also be used as a household cleaner to scour sinks and tubs.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
¼ Cup Citric Acid
¼ Cup Kosher Salt

Stir ingredients together in a seal-able container and voila you are done! I also added silica packs in the container to keep it from clumping, but it still does. I just shake the bowl before I open it, and just leave a spoon in there as a measuring tool. Use 2-3 teaspoons per load.

I also filled the liquid reservoir in my dishwasher with white vinegar. Vinegar helps with shiny glassware and spots and all that jazz.

$$$ Cost Breakdowns $$$

Just an FYI – I’m horrible at math, and I used liquid ounce conversions instead of dry ounce because I didn’t weigh each ingredient so these calculations aren’t perfect.

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda 55oz. box (purchased at WalMart laundry aisle)
Cost: $3.24 per box 6.875 Cups in box Cost per cup approximately: .47cents

20Mule Team Borax 76oz box (purchased at Food Lion laundry aisle)
Cost per box: $4.69 9.5 Cups in Box Cost per cup approximately: .49cents

Ball Citric Acid 7.5oz container (purchased at WalMart in the canning section)
Cost: $2.97 per container: 3.75 ¼ cups in container Cost per ¼ cup approximately: .79cents

Natural Nectar Kosher Salt 24.7 oz container (purchased at Ollies)
Cost per container: $1.99 3.0874 ¼ cups in container    Cost per ¼ cup approximately: .65 cents

Total Cost per recipe: $2.40
Total Product 2.5 cups of powder: (120 teaspoons)= approximately 60 loads of dishes..
Total Cost per load: .04 cents
Not too shabby!

To give credit where credit is due, I obviously didn’t invent this recipe, this is just my version of it. This is where I borrowed it from here.

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