Yep. I said it. Kool Aid…Those of you who know me know that I like to make my own stuff, and I happen to make my own dishwashing detergent. Why, you ask? Well have you ever checked the ingredients list on that box of Cascade? Check it out. Most of that unpronounceable stuff includes phosphates, petroleum, bleach and/or chlorine. Why Kool Aid? Well the number 1 ingredient in those little packets of Kool Aid is citric acid, which is a natural preservative, and excellent for cleaning dishes. Lemon works best because it’s practically colorless. (DON’T use cherry or grape KoolAid for this, because you’ll end up with pink or purple dishes).
Powdered dishwashing detergent recipe:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Powder (I like Arm and Hammer Brand but this is NOT Baking Soda, that’s different)
4-6 packets of Lemon flavored Kool Aid (NOT the Sugar Free kind that comes in a container, you want the “old school” kind)
Pour all together in an AIRTIGHT plastic container and shake vigorously to mix. Store AWAY from sunlight. (I keep mine under the sink) DONE!
SAVVY TIP: In order to NOT get streaks and spots on your glasses pour white vinegar into your rinse-agent dispenser. (That’s where you’d normally pour Jet-Dry).
Fill your dishwashers’ detergent compartment(s) with the powder, fill the the dispenser with vinegar, and put the top back on. Then shut and use your dishwasher as usual.
Everyone’s dishwasher is different, so don’t be afriad to tweak this recipe if you need to!