We ran out of dishwasher detergent so I thought I would try to find a natural homemade alternative and check another item off my "Spring Greening" Checklist. I found an awesome website called www.diynatural.com. (If you are into natural homemade products, I suggest you check out this blog. It's a great resource!) They had a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent made with natural ingredients, most of which I already had.
Here's the recipe...(for a printable version, click here)
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
1/4 cup kosher salt
10 packets of unsweeted lemonade Kool-Aid
Shake well to mix. Use 1 tsp of detergent per load. Fill rinse compartment with white vinegar in place of rinse-aid. (Note: Clumping in detergent is normal.)
It smells so good! I made up a double batch of the recipe and put it in a glass jar from IKEA.
I am running my first load of dishes, so I'll let you know how they turn out!
UPDATE: The dishes turned out great! They were squeaky clean with no spots. My hubby said they felt cleaner than ever. It's a keeper!