What You Need:
What You Do:
Mix the Borax and baking soda together. Then, add to your dishwasher's detergent compartment, and run as usual. Since the lemon-fresh smell is so faint (practically non-existent), I think I'll just leave it out when I make it again.
Why This Works:
Borax and baking soda are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives – just what you need to blast away stuck on food and germs. In fact, you may be interested to learn that Borax is a common ingredient in many commercial detergents.
Benefits of Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent:
Tips and Warnings:
1) Borax sells under the name 20 Mule Team, and can be found on the laundry aisle.
2) Keep prepared detergent out of the reach of children and pets.
This powder mix works better than the gel I've bought in the past, both store brand and name brand gel. I used to buy the powder detergent before anyway, until I realized the gel worked better after trying it. However, I will go back to using the powder since I like this version of it!