~Mix one part Borax and one part Baking Soda together.
~Place 2 tbsp in dishwasher.
I mixed about 1/2 cup of each in an old spaghetti jar and then put two tablespoons into the detergent spot of the dishwasher. When the washer was done, I unloaded it and as I inspected the dishes carefully, they seemed as clean as normal. Sweet! However, they were a bit cloudy . . .
(The one on the right has been through the dishwasher with homemade detergent.)However, to combat these cloudy dishes, the internet told me I can add vinegar to the rinse cycle of the dishwasher. So I put some vinegar in. But I don't know if our dishwasher actually uses the rinse cycle, because the vinegar level never seems to go down . . .
Another way to prevent cloudy dishes is to use regular dishwasher detergent every other time you run it. I am not sure why this would help, but it is a common suggestion. I will give it a whirl too.
If none of this helps, I guess I will go back to regular detergent full time. I don't know what the cloudy residue is, but since consuming Borax is a no-no, we'll see. If nothing else, this recipe will serve nicely has an emergency back up detergent.