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Friday, March 21, 2014

Frugal Friday Homemade DishWasher Detergent

 Its Frugal Friday Just in time for the weekend. Before you go shopping this weekend to buy your household items like dishwasher detergent you might want to think again. I was reading one day the label of our favorite Cascade Dish-washing detergent it read  “harmful if swallowed” and “burns skin and throat”.

The contents of automatic dishwasher detergents are highly toxic. Yet we use it to wash our dishes that we will later eat on, thinking that water alone will rinse off the soap. Nope, it doesn't. 

So we started buying organic all natural dish washing detergent only to soon realize we couldn't afford it. 

So of course being the frugal gal that I am and liking to save a buck I am now making our dish washing detergent. I did the math and well it is way cheaper than buying it.

Break down of cost.
Box of Borax $4
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda $6
Epsom Salt $3
Lemon Juice or package of lemon koolaide .25 or $2

These ingredients will last you months 
so the upfront cost may be about $12 this will be enough to last you months if not a whole year

Is it worth it to make your own?
Based on the prices above I worked this detergent out to cost $0.05 a load. 

7th Generation dishwashing tabs (about 1 tbsp. each) are $6.99 for 20. (based on online price from Target )  So 7th Generation dishwashing tabs cost $0.35 cents a load.   
Cascade is about $0.30 cents a load

Directions are simple:
1cup Borwax
 1cup washing soda
 1/4 Epsom salt in a bowl 
if your using lemon kool-aid mix a whole package add all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
*at this point you can use it dry if you like the wet tabs or liquid add water or lemon juice not to wet not to dry then put inside ice cube trays and set out on a window sill to dry then pop out and store in jar

Use 1Tbs per load if using powder or 1 tab per load

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