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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent - No Borax

dishwasher detergent recipe w/o boraxWhile I've made homemade cleansers and washing machine detergent in the past, I was wary of making homemade dishwashing detergent.  I envisioned everything coming out dirty or with a sticky residue.    Until recently, that is.  It was a late night (when most stores were closed), we had a ton of dishes to do, and we were taking an early morning flight.

I quickly did some Googling, but all of the recipes called for borax or washing soda, which we didn't have.  I finally found a recipe that called for neither.  I was definitely skeptical, but it wound up working like a charm.  It's cheap, too!

Here's how to do it:

1/4 teaspoon liquid dish soap (I used Bon Ami, but you can use the brand of your choice)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Dissolve the dish soap and baking soda in a 1/2 cup of warm water, pour into both detergent compartments in the dishwasher.

The dishes came out really well.  This is a good recipe to use in a pinch or if you just want to save money and make your own!  

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