Saving Cents: How to make your own dishwashing detergent


by By Sherry Williams / 11 News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON-Making your own dishwashing detergent calls for two natural ingredients and will cost five times less than what store-bought name brands cost.

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The simple recipe is: Mix one cup of Borax with one cup of baking soda. That's all. You'll use two tablespoons, and that costs four cents per load, compared to name brands you buy in the store. which cost 21 cents per load.

Houston's , Nora Kapche, also says to skip those fancy rinse agents and use white vinegar.

"Use vinegar in the rinse agent department of your dishwasher," Kapche said.

And no, it won't have your kitchen smelling of vinegar.

"No it won't," she said. "It'll just give you a nice shiny rinse on your glasses and everything else."

20 Mule Team Borax has pulled the load in our homemade cleaning products project. We used it in homemade laundry detergent, in our cleanser and now we're putting this natural mineral to triple use in our homemade dishwashing detergent.

After all that, you'll still have some leftover from a $3 box.

"So I can go back and make more of everything," Kapche said.

One more benefit to these homemade cleaning products projects is they make great family activities that even small children can help with.