As it has previously been documented, I make my own laundry detergent. I don’t use it all the time – in fact I’m out right now and need to make some more – but I love it. It cleans great. Is fun to make, oddly enough. And is super cheap. As a note, I only buy the real stuff when I have a killer coupon.
Around the same time I started making laundry soap I also tried to make my own Cascade. I failed miserably. It didn’t clean all of my dishes and it left a weird film on them.
I recently did some research about that and discovered that adding salt to the main recipe helps. Odd, I know….but I tried it – and it WORKED!
Dishing washing detergent
1 cup borax (NOT boric acid, they are completely different)
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup table salt (the cheap stuff, nothing fancy)
Mix it all in a container with a lid. I use 2 tablespoons, which doesn’t quite fill up the closed container….and then I add just a little bit to the open cup.
I guess I should say that I do rinse my dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher. I don’t know how well this would clean off stuck on foods.
If you try this yourself, let me know how it works for you.