I do not subscribe to the theory that if something is natural it is worth paying more money. That actually irritates me a great deal. If you know me at all, you know that I enjoy things that are natural and inexpensive. If I can make it myself, even better.
So over the years, I have tried several different “recipes” for making my own natural, inexpensive dishwasher detergent. I have tried using borax and washing soda . Besides the fact it didn’t work well long term, I am no longer comfortable using borax in our home, especially on our dishes. I have even tried using my beloved soap nuts. But nothing worked well long term. However, I really wanted to get away from all of the phosphates and chlorine in traditional detergents, so after reading about it on several other blogs, I finally bit the bullet and tried Biokleen Automatic Dish Powder about a year ago.
The health food store where I purchased my first container was having a sale, but still, there was some sticker shock! (Currently $11.73 on Amazon) But I figured I could try using less than the recommended amount (always a good practice with anything- cleaners, medication, etc.) We started out using 1 tbs of powder, which is half the recommended amount. We now use 1/2 tbs and are still REALLY happy with how well this works for us. Now in the interest of full disclosure, our dishes are rinsed pretty well before being put in the dishwasher, but I have read on other sites about people that have great results without rinsing.
Still, is it worth paying almost TWELVE dollars for dish soap? YES- because we use so little, we can make 1 container last almost 4 months! (I know this because I am a total geek and wrote the date we began our last container on the side). We started our current container October 19th, and we have about 4-5 more loads left.
So, I can totally justify making this switch. Not only is it SO MUCH BETTER for our health, our budget doesn’t suffer either.