Dishwasher Detergent – UPDATE

It’s been a while since I started using homemade cleaning products so I thought I’d give you an update on how things are working out.

My favorite homemade product is still the Dishwasher Detergent. Fairly simple to make. Only $1.93 per batch. I haven’t changed the original recipe at all, it is still working great for me.

In fact, I haven’t even had to make a second batch. I made the first batch in mid to late April (don’t remember the exact date) and I’m STILL using that same batch! And it’s not like I never use the dishwasher – I run it at least every other day, if not every day.

Detergent that I made for $1.93 has lasted 4 to 4.5 months. And there’s still probably 3-4 weeks left before it runs out. You can’t find that kind of deal in the store…even with coupons.

I have only noticed one downside to making my own dishwasher detergent – it seems to be a bit harsh on metal after a while. My silverware doesn’t look as shiny as it used to. For me, this is really a non-issue as the only metal I usually wash in the dishwasher is my (cheap) silverware. My pots and pans are not dishwasher safe and the silverware we use was hand-me-down from one of Mike’s aunts when we got married. Ten years ago. Dull spoons don’t really bother me but I wanted to mention it all the same.

I’m also still using white vinegar as the rinse aid. Still thrilled with that as well.

You can find the recipe and instructions for making your own dishwasher detergent in the original post. Anyone else make their own cleaning products?

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