|Ingredients I had on hand|
Okay, today is the 20th of the month and I have no money until March 1st. This is rough. I need to run the dishwasher. Standing long enough to wash the dishes in the sink is just not possible. So, I did what I often do--start throwing different cleaning products in the dishwasher. I measured nothing but here is a guess as to what amount I put in.
20 Mule team Borax--1/4 cup
Washing Soda--1/4 cup
Vinegar (white)--1/4 cup
I may have possibly put more. As I said, nothing was measured. It would have meant standing longer. My back was hurting and would have complained even more. Everything was just tossed all over dishes. No, I did not make an attempt to put it all in the bottom of the dishwasher. I would have had to bend!
My dishwasher has two compartment, both of which should have liquid. The door on the compartment for the second wash will no longer open. So, I deal with it. But, I don't deal with it very well. At first when it broke, I opened the dishwasher door and added anything from the list above (except for the salt). When I remembered, I added a second wash dash of something.
Today was the first time for this particular combination, and it works well, best combination so far.
Someday, I will figure the cost on this formula. I spend about $4 on the Palmolive, so this might be cheaper.
After I used this, I found a formula for dishwasher cubes. Maybe I will try this with some juice from a free, scrounged lemons.
If you use Baking Soda, you may be upset at the white coating on your dishes. I figured out how to control this issue and resolve the white coating issue. When the rinse cycle comes on, put 1/2 cup white vinegar in the dishwasher--no more film.
For this load of dishes I used no vinegar for the rinse, just in the wash. The dishes are sparkling.
Does anyone ever use homemade dishwasher detergent? Well, I suppose it is not detergent! Do you have another formula you like?