I made my own mix of dishwasher detergent last weekend after reading about it on quite a few web sites. We have been testing the mix on every load of dishes we have run (daily) since Saturday and are quite pleased with the results.
I bought a big box of Borax powder, a big box of Baking Soda, and a small box of Cascade powdered dish detergent. I layered them together using ratios of approximately 25% Cascade, 40% Baking Soda and 40% Borax. Yeah, that’s 105%, but I said approximately. I had an extra set of plastic dollar-store measuring spoons lying around in the aquarium stand, so I have dedicated a tablespoon to live in the container and meter out the mixture.
I completely filled a 4.5 quart tall tupperware-like container and did not completely empty the three ingredient boxes. I could have made at least 5 quarts, maybe 5.5. The cost of the ingredients was right at $6.00. For that $6.00 I’ll get over 200 heaping tablespoons of my mixture, which will be enough to run the dishwasher 100 times. 6 cents per cycle.
But how does it do? Honestly there is no difference from the more expensive options.
Why not leave out the Cascade and just use the other two ingredients? Baby steps! Maybe next time. I was more comfortable with this as a first try at home-mixed product.
(Ok, technically this is a second step. I’ve been using straight white vinegar in the “Jet Dry” reservoir for a couple months now and I love it!)