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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homemade dishwasher detergent with a Stampin Up! touch

I'm running a leaner and meaner household these days, either cutting back or making things from scratch if it saves money. I'm also trying to do more things for the environment. You might remember that I made laundry detergent here. I've been using it for 3-1/2 months and still have more than a third of the gallon left! I wash laundry every other day. It works as good (if not better) than the store-bought brand names I've purchased in the past. Best of all, a couple of the laundry detergent ingredients are the same as for the dishwasher!
I ran out of dishwasher detergent yesterday. I looked up a recipe for homemade detergent on Pinterest and came up with this one:
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/4 cup Kosher salt
2 packets unsweetened lemonade
That's it! I already had everything except the Koolaid, so I picked that up today for 20 cents a packet. And I'd saved the top to a salt container after seeing a different pin on Pinterest, so using some Rich Razzleberry paper from the Polka Dot Patterns dsp pack, I covered the salt lid so I can use the spout with a regular mason jar. (I tried using a pint jar, but needed to move up to a quart size to fit all of the ingredients as listed.) I used liquid adhesive to glue the lid into the ring. Now when I need to add detergent to the dishwasher, the pour spout makes it super easy! It only takes one tablespoon per load (that's all my dishwasher "cup" will hold anyway), so this should last awhile.
Although the jar is under my kitchen sink, I thought it'd be nice to coordinate a label and ribbon with the jar lid! lol I used the 2-inch circle punch and Decorative Label Punch.

Have a wonderful day! A new week of The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop starts tomorrow, so I'd love to see you create something for it. :-) One lucky participant will receive $50 in Stampin' Up! product at the end of the 13 weeks!


MiamiKel said...

Terry, this is wonderful! And in a family the size of ours, perfect to be economical and environmental! Thanks for the inspiration!

LeAnne said...

well, this is cool....I make my own detergent too....a bit different than yours, and yours looks easier, so I may try it! Thanks!!