Dishwasher Detergent1 Tbl. oxygen bleach (like Oxi Clean)
1/2 teaspoon POWER CLEAN Dawn dish soap
1 Tbl. Lemi Shine ($3.66 at WalMart)
1/2 cup white vinegar (poured into a bowl or cup on the top rack of the machine) (this is optional)
You put the first three ingredients right in the detergent cup of your dishwasher right before you start the load. No premixing! Do not use more than 1/2 tsp. of Dawn or you will have a bubbly mess. There are bubbles during the washing cycles. Don't worry, they all rinse away at the end.
The water from the dishwasher cycle collects in the cup with the vinegar and spills over into the dishwasher making the perfect rise for your dishes. No, your glasses don't taste like vinegar!
I am so thrilled to never, ever again have to buy dishwasher detergent! It works better than the expensive Cascade Complete I was buying! Yipee!
(Update 8-1-13 - I've been using the LemiShine Rinse agent for a few months now. It works very well and I've noticed that my glasses are even shinier! I switched from the original Dawn to the Power Clean Dawn and my pots and dishes are coming out even better.)
Laundry Detergent - concentrated version(Note: a few people have asked if we can double the strength of the original recipe and use half as much. I have tried it and it works just fine. The updated concentrated version is below)
6 tablespoons borax
6 tablespoons washing soda (I found "Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda" at Kroger)4 tablespoons Original Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid (I used the concentrated Dawn)