Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Save $$$ on dishwasher soap

So this year for us is all about spending less $$$ and saving more. I'm trying out new ways to be frugal & searching online for this good info.

Dishwashing Soap for about 8 cents per load
  • 1 Tablespoon Borax (76 oz sold for $5 at Ace)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda (128 oz for $13 online - it may be less at Costco where I bought a big bag)

Mix the Borax and baking soda together. Then, add to your dishwasher's detergent compartment, and run as usual. I like to mix up a big batch & fill an old Costco soap container.

Interesting facts:

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.

Why bother?

  • its inexpensive
  • there are no harsh chemicals
  • it does not emit chlorine gas like other commercial detergents
  • it is an effective sanitizer
  • it is an effective stain remover
  • its an effective water softener
  • and its environmentally-friendly (phosphate-free)
  • You actually use a lot less of this than the commercial stuff
Be sure to keep this away from kids & pets just like any other cleaner. I also marked the 2T line on my old scoop so I know I'm not using too much. I've been doing this for a month & have only once had to re-wash my dishes. (I'd loaded them funny & they just didn't get clean)

There are lots of places I may have found this info. . . But I'm pretty sure I read it at TipNut

Now head off to RocksInMyDryer for more Works for Me Wed tips!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Melissa for the $ saving tip! I have been using Borax and baking soda for a long time. I add baking soda to the kids bath water, it really helps with the dry skin! Vinegar is another product I use all around the house.