Since I've run out of dishwasher powder, I've researched a bit and am going to make some home made to try. The recipe is:
1/4 tsp Dawn liquid
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dissolve in 1/2 cup of warm water and pour into dishwasher cups. I'll report back on the results. Never fill the cup with dishwashing liquid---my sister and I did that once and shoveled bubbles for a day.
Another recipe I'll be trying soon is for home made laundry detergent which I know works very well, as I know people who swear by it as the best. I believe the recipe comes from Michelle Duggar of 19 kids and counting, and I suppose that woman knows laundry better than any of us!
Home Made Liquid Laundry Soap (Front or top load machines)
Ingredients: 4 Cups hot tap water, 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap, 1 Cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing soda, 1/2 cup Borax (although I hate WalMart with a passion, that's where you can find all of these items in once place)
Directions. Grate the bar of soap and put into a saucepan with the water. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a five gallon bucket 1/2 full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap bottle half full with the soap and then fill rest of the way with water.
Shake before each used, as it will gel.
--You can add 10-15 drops of essential oils per 2 gallons. Add once the soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree aoil.
--Yield: 10 gallons---so have a lot of empty laundry jugs on hand!
--Top Load Machine--5/8 cup per load (about 180 loads)
--Front Load Machine--1/4 cup per load (about 640 loads)
I'm going to make a great big attempt to live greener and more simply and cheaply. I do believe you can keep a home clean and sparkling by keeping the following items on hand: borax, baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil (kills bacteria), bleach and ammonia (don't mix them together!)..... plus elbow grease and cotton rags made from old tee shirts.