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Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Soap for Pennies

by Brenda
(Yuba City, CA)

I got tired of buying expensive dishwasher soap, and the bargain brands just didn't work for me in my old dishwasher.


So, I did some research online, and found a handful of homemade recipes. I tried out all of them, and found one that worked better than the rest. It does a great job getting my dishes clean, cuts grease, and doesn't leave streaks.

Best of all, it's easy to make and literally costs pennies per load:

Dry Homemade Dishwasher Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Kosher salt
5 packets unsweetend lemonaid drink mix (it's the ascorbic acid that you're after)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Store in a tight container. Use only 1 Tbsp per load. (This is super concentrated, there are no fillers.)

Finally, fill your rinse aid receptacle with white vinegar to get that super clean shine on your glasses.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.