I think I’ve done it! I’ve finally hit on the best recipe that will get my dishes clean, as well as allowing them to be rinsed thoroughly. Oh I know that many have been using this recipe for eons, but I’ve tried a few different ones and have been less-than-enchanted with them, so imagine my delight in finding this recipe. I tweaked it “for me”, and this is what I do:
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
What you need:
1 quart sized mason jar
1.5 cups baking soda
1.5 cups borax
1 envelope Lemonade Kool-Aid
10-20 drops citrus-type essential oil (optional)
What you do:
Pour baking soda into your mason jar. Add essential oil drops to baking soda, close lid and shake well to incorporate oil throughout the baking soda. Open jar and add borax and Kool-Aid. Shake well again. You’re done!
How you use it:
Add two tablespoons of detergent per load. For best results, use vinegar as your rinse agent if you have a place for that. Make sure it stay relatively full for a complete rinse.
Edited to add: There are recipes all over the internet for this, but my friend Amber at Naturally Frugal Mom was the one who shared hers with me and I loved it, and this recipe is closely based on hers. Thanks Amber!