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Homemade Dishwasher Powder

2/15/2013 1:34:04 PM

Tags: homemade dishwasher powder, Texas Pioneer Woman

 Ingredients to Make Homemade Dishwasher Powder 

When I wash my dishes at home I make sure to soak dirty dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.  Water is the best cleaner to remove burnt food or sticky food residue left on dishes instead of using a harsh cleaner. Before putting any dishes into the dishwasher I give them a quick rinse with hot water so I will not have to use as much dishwasher powder.  

Instead of using a store bought dishwashing machine detergent, I make my own using borax and baking soda. I mix 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of baking soda in a repurposed plastic jar. I make sure to label the jar and add a lid. From this jar I use 1 to 2 teaspoons of this mixture depending on the dirtiness of the dishes.   

One reason that I make my own dishwasher powder is because it is less expensive. It costs me about $3.79 to buy 75 ounces of generic store brand dishwasher powder. It costs me $2.78 to make the same amount at home. It is not a huge savings but, every little bit saved adds up.   

Another reason that I make my own dishwasher powder is because I can make it with readily available products I have at home. When I run out of dishwasher powder I can make a new batch instead of running to buy it at the store.   

I have been using this homemade dishwasher powder for 3 months and it cleans as well as the store bought powder that I have previously used. I encourage you to make your own homemade dishwasher powder and give it a try!  

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2/26/2013 3:15:02 PM
thank you for the tip about borax and soda. i will try it this week. i love my dishwasher. how about you?

Texas Pioneer Woman
2/19/2013 9:20:46 PM
I hope the homemade dish powder helps you in the fight against germs. I too use a homemade laundry detergent which I have had excellent results with for years. Have a wonderful day!

2/17/2013 3:02:38 PM
TPW, I have these ingredients for my homemade clothes washing detergent. I've been looking for a substitute for the dishwater. My dishwasher mainly sanitizes the dishes. I'm one of those folks that clean off the dishes before they go in the dish waster. The hot water wash cycle and yes the very un green dry cycle are both used in my kitchen. I have an eight year old that incubates every thing that goes around at school and a daughter that works at Walgreens drug store where sick people go to get medicine living with me. So I don't care about saving energy but want to keep the germs and other foreign organisms out of my house. Thanks so much for the dish washing formula and have a great Texas Day.

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