So I promised that I would give recipes for all my cleaners during January - Oh well. Best laid plans and all that.
Here is a recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent that actually works:
1 part citric acid
2 parts baking soda
2 parts borax
Mix the ingredients together - you can stir in a bowl, or just put all the ingredients together in a plastic lidded container container and shake. Use 1 Tablespoon per load.
I purchase citric acid at our local food co-op, but it is a bit pricey there. You can purchase it on-line much cheaper. Just be sure to get food-grade citric acid.
OK, I'll have to confess. I took the picture above so that you would think our home is all posh and fancy. Well, the reality is that the dishwasher detergent lives in this container: