Homemade Stuff Recipes (rinse agent, dry & wet dishwashing detergent)

I’ve had a lot of questions regarding what I make, homemade, to save money for my family, so I’ll try and post what all I do…make take a few posts to get them all in.  I don’t want to overwhelm people.  If you have any questions on what else you can make, please ask.  I either make it or I will try too 🙂

What you need to get started for most of my recipes:

  • Borax
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Powder
  • Fels Naptha bars
  • Kosher salt
  • citric acid (is found near the canning items at walmart, it is in a spice type plastic bottle)
  • Vinegar
  • 2 – 5 gallon buckets with lids
  • casteel soap (I buy these off of amazon)
  • Sponges
  • Lemon Juice

RINSE AGENT for dishwasher:



1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons pure lemon juice (not concentrate)
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon washing soda
**10-15 drops antibacterial essential oil, if using an unscented castile

extra white vinegar for the rinse cycle

In a small saucepan, combine water and vinegar over medium heat. Bring to just boiling and then reduce to low heat. Add each additional ingredient, one at a time, whisking as you go. Make sure everything is dissolved before removing from heat.

Allow to cool and then transfer to a storage container. When completely cooled the solution will separate into two layers, so shake it up real good before use. I use 2-3 T per load.


1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)
Use 1 Tbsp per load (you can use a heaping tablespoon if you feel the need, but we do not).

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