Thursday, October 27, 2011

What To Do When You Are Out Of Dishwashaer Detergent

The end of the month is always tight for us. We always make it but we are squeaking the whole way. So this week I ran out of dishwasher detergent. I debated whether or not to run to the store and do the money juggle but decided I could wait until the 1st when we get paid. With six of us living here I run at least two to three loads in the dishwasher everyday. I guess I could have hand washed but I just don't have the time to add anything else to my day. I knew I couldn't use regular dish soap in my washer because one weekend when I was gone, the husband decided that was a great idea and the kids called me letting me know that my kitchen floor was covered in 6 inches of bubbles. But I DID have another none sudsing soap in the house.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent!

Woohoo. It washed my dishes great, left no residue and they came out sparkly clean. So if you haven't already tried the homemade laundry soap yet, maybe that will help get you there. And if you have, then now you don't need to panic if you are out of dishwasher detergent.


Jennifer said...

I tried the regular dish washing detergent in a dishwasher one time and yeah - we had the bubbles too.

We have 6 people in our family and I run the dishwasher just once a day. It helps to not put any pots or pans in there because they take up so much room. I also make my kids reuse their cups. They each have their own color and they just rinse them out all day and at the end of the day I throw them in the dishwasher.

Katie said...

Just found your blog, and am having a great time exploring it. You can also use a mixture of 1tbsp baking soda and 1tbsp borax for dishwasher detergent. I like to put straight white vinegar in the rinse spot to help reduce spots. And it works like a charm!

Me! said...

Love your site! I don't want to be critical, but running the dishwasher three times a day?!! wow, I get mad at my family (of 6 also) for filling it up once a day! I agree with Jennifer, I make my kids use the same cup all day and even a plate gets reused if it only had a sandwich on it. BUT. . .I would run the dishwasher more if we had a sickness going around or were extremely busy, which could be your reason. Things are really tight here money wise also, so we tend to hand wash dishes more now, simply because I can get liquid dish soap for hand washing (with coupons) really cheap, usually for 50 cents or less. JMO, Keep up the great site!