Originally posted by Katrina Hartman on March 23, 2003
Homemade Dishwashing Powder (was Homemade Dishwasher Liquid -- Help)

2 cups powdered dishwasher detergent (I use generic usually)
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
Mix well and store in an airtight container. I use a coffee scoop to
measure it into the 2 dispensers and I use straight vinegar in my rinse aid
dispenser. My dishes look like I use the expensive stuff.

Originally posted by Jen Krausz on March 24, 2003
Dishwashing Detergent (edited by Mod Squad)

I just use 1 Tbsp. each of Washing soda and Borax for
my dishes when I can't find store-bought stuff really
cheap. I can't even tell the difference. I haven't
worked out the cost savings, but I'd guess it's
cheaper if you can buy the store bought stuff on sale
with a doubled or tripled coupon.
On another list, someone also recommended using 1/2
teaspoon of dawn or other dishwashing liquid. Only a
1/2 teaspoon if you don't want a million suds! But she
swore by that and I've done it, too. That is probably
the cheapest way, but after about a week I notice the
white buildup that someone else complained about with
the MYO. So I only use the dawn for a day or 2 at a
time and then switch to the store bought or the
washing soda/borax.
BTW, when I can get Electrasol tabs for $1.50 or less
a big box (26 tabs), I break each tab in half. The box
lasts me twice as long (almost 2 months). With the
liquid stuff, I just barely cover the bottom of the
cup instead of filling to the line. I never notice a
difference. In fact, sometimes I think you get a white
residue from using too much of the stuff!

Originally posted by Kitty on April 11, 2003
Dishwasher Soap Recipe

I'm new and love this site. I tried the dishwasher recipe of 1 Tablespoon Borax and 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda, and just added 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar and stirred it all together (it will foam up a bit), and poured it into the dishwasher cup. My dishes came out sparkling. I have only used it twice, but I'm very happy with it so far.