Archive for May, 2012

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

I was surfing the web one time and came across a do-it-yourself dishwashing detergent recipe. It’s supposed to be eco-friendly and economical. That seems like a win-win situation if you ask me.

After shopping around the Southbay, I found the hard-to-find ingredients (washing soda & borax). Afterall, why would a national grocery chain want to sell you ingredients to make your own stuff when you could buy theirs? Here are the components:

1cp Washing Soda (not baking soda, but it’s similar)
1cp Borax
1/2cp Kosher Salt
1/2cp Citric Acid (unsweetened lemonade mix packets will do)
Vinegar (this doesn’t go into the mix, but you add it to rinse dispenser part)

Now, let’s break down the costs:
$4.14 - Washing Soda (includes tax) - 55oz ($0.075/oz)
$5.34 - Borax (includes tax) - 76oz ($0.07/oz)
$1.5 - Kosher Salt - 13oz ($0.12/oz) - I just looked up a price since I always have this in my pantry)
$2.99 - Citric Acid (Sugar-free lemonade mix) - 3.2oz (0.93/oz) (I’m sure I can get this cheaper)
$1.83 - Vinegar - 32oz ($0.057/oz)

Here’s the cost of each batch (assuming 8oz per cup): $5.36
$0.60 - Washing Soda
$0.56 - Borax
$0.48 - Kosher Salt
$3.72 - Citric Acid

Each batch makes 24oz of dishwashing detergent. The instructions say use 1 tablespoon per load (which is about 1/2 oz in terms of dry ingredient volume), which will give you around 48 loads. Doing the math, each wash costs you around $0.11-$0.12. I’m sure the price would drop dramatically if you can get citric acid for cheaper than $0.93/oz.

Anyway, after using this mix for about a month, I haven’t really noticed any difference (that’s a good thing). The only thing is that you definitely still want a rinse agent (I haven’t tried the vinegar yet), because without it, it won’t be as good as the normal dishwasher detergent that you can buy in a store.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Time Flies

I can’t believe it has been 1 year since I last updated my blog. Wowsers. Well, my house is pretty much finally remodeled (2 bathrooms, kitchen, and all new flooring). I’ve definitely learned some lessons and have found some good sites for home improvement shopping.

I’m also very enthusiastic about our LED recessed lighting that we’ve installed in our kitchen and living room. After using them in the kitchen for about 6 months, they were definitely a good investment. I haven’t done the math, but at 10.5w per bulb (vs. 60w), we are saving tons of money. More on the lights another time.

Scarf Girl, signing off.