Dishwasher Detergent…Cheap and Works Great!

Do you do a lot of dishes? Do you have a husband who creates unnecessary dirty dishes? Do you like to save money? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to keep reading!

I cook a lot, therefore, I have a lot of dishes to wash. Also, I’m not exactly sure how, but Andrew seems to use a clean plate, glass, utensil every time he walks near the kitchen, this also creates a lot of dishes.

I have always used those little Cascade gel squares, or power packs, or whatever they’re called. Do you know how expensive those are?? One 24 count package is like $15! That will only last you 24 washes! That would only last me like 24 days! Talk about sucking money out of your pocket!

The water where I live is extremely hard and we don’t have a water softener. This creates little white spots on everything that water touches, including clean dishes. This dishwasher detergent is really great for hard water spots! It cleans really well and even gives them a “spot free rinse”. Want to know the best part about this stuff? IT’S CHEAP! This cost me a total of maybe $13 and it will last FOREVER! Okay, maybe not forever, but you get my point. This makes a whole lot and you only use 1 tablespoon per load so it really will last you an extremely long time. $13 every 6 months vs. $15 a month? The difference is obvious!

You Will Need:

-1 box of Borax

-3 cups of Epsom Salt

-1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

-24 packets of Kool-Aid Lemonade

-1 bottle of Lemi Shine rinse aid


-In a large bowl…a very LARGE bowl…mix together salt, washing soda, and kool-aid

-I had to split them up into 2 different containers because there was so much of it.

-I used 2 of these ^

-Use the Lemi Shine rinse aid in each load as directed on the bottle (sprinkle it in the bottom)

-Use 1 Tablespoon of the mixed detergent in each load in the normal soap dispenser spot


Published by Raising Rowletts

Farmer's Wife. Homeschooling Mom of 5. Coffee Addict. Disney Travel Agent

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