I love being able to make things on my own, and its a huge bonus when it saves me money. I was at the end of my box of Cascade and was dreading paying nearly $5 for another one. Doesn't sound like much but that's $5 I can spend on something else, anything else.
I found this recipe on a website a long time ago and wrote it in a notebook, can't for the life of me remember what website it was. I already had all 3 of the ingredients needed so for me it was free. Here's what you will need:
Borax, Cascade, and Baking Soda
Measure out 1 cup Borax
1 cup Cascade
1 cup Baking Soda
Mix all three together. I like to use a slotted spoon because I think it mixes up better.
After it's mixed pour it into a container. First I poured mine in a 24oz formula can, which would have worked fine but I decided I like clear containers for cleaning detergents and mixes so I switched. I did keep the scoop from the formula can to use with my dishwasher detergent and it works perfect.
The container I used is a 3.8 cup plastic container. My dishwasher uses about 2 scoops per load.
Cascade usually runs about $4.44 in stores around me
Borax is approximately $2.50
Baking Soda is approximately $2.50
Total = about $9.50
You don't have to use Cascade, you can use any detergent made for dishwashers. The walmart brand is about $2.27 a box which would bring the above total down to about $7.50. With the supplies already on hand you probably have enough to make about 5 batches. Definately cheaper than using the store bought by itself.
I also have a homemade recipe for baby wipes and antibacterial wipes coming soon