The first thing I wanted to try was dishwashing detergent. I wanted to try this because dishwasher soap can get pretty expensive.
I've tried only one recipe, and I'm happy with it so far. I'll keep using it and update if I find something better, but so far this is what I am using:
Homemade dishwasher detergent:
* 1 cup washing soda* 1 cup Borax (Borax and washing soda are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives.)
* 1/4 cup salt (reduces the effects of hard water)
* two packets of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid (ONLY lemon and ONLY unsweetened!)
Mix everything together and use 1-2 tablespoons per load. I use 2 because I think we have hard water.
If you are looking for an inexpensive rinse agent, use vinegar. You can also add about a cup of it to the bottom of the dishwasher before washing. This will also wash your dishwasher as it washes the dishes! Don't worry though, your dishes won't smell like the vinegar.
Coming up: homemade deodorant and toothpaste.