This is a follow-up to a previous post.
Thanks to my wonderful husband's number-crunching, the verdict is in. This DIY dishwashing detergent costs .3 – .4 cents a load!!!
We run the dishwasher about once a day, so a conservative estimate is that we’ll run it 300 times in a year. So using this recipe, we’ll spend $12 a year.
The gel paks are .35 - .40 each. ($105-$120 a year)
The powder runs about .28 per load. ($84 a year)
Obviously, getting the Cascade products on sale and using a coupon, or using another cheaper brand, would lower this cost marginally but still…good grief!
I did find all the ingredients for this detergent at Wal-Mart, in the laundry detergent aisle. Any other questions? If you’re not making your own yet, why not?!