I Must Recant

Remember a mere two weeks ago when I told you homemade dishwasher detergent is where it’s at? I still stand by that statement. But not for people with hard water. Apparently, the first time I tried the stuff, it was a fluke. The second time I ran the dishwasher left me with glassware covered in residue. Sadness!

My immediate response was to go buy another box of the store bought product we know works well. We need clean dishes, after all. Before this box runs out, however, I’m going to do more research and change up the recipe. Stay tuned. I shall prevail.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

How many of you out there make your own laundry detergent? I made my first batch awhile ago now, and I love it. It’s easy. It’s cheap. And it leaves my clothes clean and fresh.

It turns out making dishwasher detergent is even easier than laundry detergent, and it works just as well! You might even already have the supplies on hand.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well)
  • Vinegar, as a rinse agent

Simply mix the borax and the soda, and you’re all set! Use about 2 Tbs. per load, with a splash of vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser.

I have seen some reviews stating homemade dishwasher detergent doesn’t work well if you have hard water. I’ll keep you posted if I change my mind and discover a residue building up on our glassware. Until then, I’m a believer!

UPDATE: Residue started to build up on my glasses. I blame our hard water. Stay tuned for more updates! If you have soft water, this recipe may still work well for you.