This article on Yahoo sparked my interest a few weeks back. Here's a couple paragraphs from the article:
"According to the latest government data, Americans spend an average of $659 a year on housekeeping supplies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which provides that figure, also says the average American earns about $787/week -- which means many people are spending most of (if not more than) a week's pay every year on dish soap, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products.
If that sounds crazy, here's a better idea: Make your own."
I already had a huge box of Borax (from the slime recipe I made awhile ago), baking soda, and salt. The Kool-Aid was 10 packages for $1 so I was able to make this for practically nothing. I gave it a try and the dishes came out really clean.
Somebody (or something...dishwasher) has to clean ALL those dishes that I get dirty! Why not save a little money while doing so?
1 c. of borax
1 c. of baking soda
¼ c. of table salt
2 packets (half an ounce) of unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid
You can try to save even more by buying ingredients in bulk, but another idea is to find smaller and much cheaper boxes at your local dollar store: a good idea too since you'll want to try a small amount at first to see if you like the results. The amounts listed above are good for 16 loads -- one tablespoon each -- so even small batches will last a while.