As the cost of commercial cleaning products continues to rise, more and more people are looking for a better way to save money and while saving the environment. One recent trend is making homemade soaps and cleaners like their grandparents did back in the old days [source: Soap Making Essentials].

In this article, we present two recipes for making your own dishwasher powder.

Recipe One

You'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • ¼ cup citric acid or two packets unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid
  • Essential fragrance oil
  • 1-quart (946-milliliter) air-tight container
  • ¼ cup table salt
  • Vinegar (for the rinse cycle) [source: Do it Yourself]

Let's make the dishwasher powder:

  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a container or stainless steel bowl and stir or shake them until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Add up to 30 drops of essential oil for fragrance and stir or shake until mixed.
  3. Transfer the powder to the container if you used a bowl to mix it.
  4. Scrape any food pieces form the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
  5. Put 1 tablespoon of dishwasher powder in the soap dispenser and fill the rinse dispenser with vinegar (if you have hard water). Run the dishwasher as usual [source: Do it Yourself].

Recipe Two

You'll need the following ingredients:

Let's make the dishwasher powder:

  1. Mix the ingredients well and store in an airtight container
  2. Fill the soap dispenser of the dishwasher with the powder and add vinegar to the rinse dispenser. Run the dishwasher as usual [source: Soap Making Essentials].