Another homemade product I have begun using in my efforts to be frugally natural is dish detergent for my dishwasher. I really enjoy this recipe*see bottom of post, the only flaws I have found is that you still need to add something for hard water and you have to shake it before each use as it separates as it sits. I originally got the recipe from here
Homemade Liquid Dish Detergent:
•16 cups Water, halved
•1 1/2 cups WASHING soda
•1 cup Borax
•1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap (I used Orange scented)
Bring 8 cups of the water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in washing soda, borax and liquid castile soap. Continue stirring until completely dissolved. Stir in remaining 8 cups of water and allow to cool. Pour cooled dishwasher detergent into container of choice. It will ‘gel’ up over the next 24 hours.
Prior to using, shake up detergent. I use approx 2 Tbs in the detergent dispenser, but experiment to see what works best for you. This lasts a VERY long time.
*editing on 6/6/13 to say: This was a great starting recipe for me to use, however, since then I have begun using the Natural Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs with much greater success. I honestly don’t see me using anything else but these in the future. They work better and they are both easier and cheaper to make.