I discovered a new homemade alternative to commercial dishwasher detergent by accident. I had been having a hard time with my dishwasher not getting the dishes clean and leaving a film. I did a couple of cleaning methods (running an empty load with a bowl of vinegar, running an empty load with a bowl of baking soda), had my hubby pull out any buildup from the water “spouts”, etc., and it was still bad.
I did some research online and found a few recommendations to add a tsp of Borax and/or a tsp of baking soda in the detergent compartment along with the detergent. So, I decided to give that a try. After running the first load I saw that the dishes came out MUCH better, but that the detergent pack I used never even dissolved! So, I figured I would try it with ONLY the Borax and the baking soda – guess what….it worked great. So, that is my new dishwasher detergent and here is the “recipe”.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Baking Soda
Mix in a sealable container. Add a heaping Tbsp to the detergent dispenser before each wash.