Over the past few years I have been on a personal boycott of Sam Walton's monopoly of a business. This comes about for several reasons.
First, my family was seeming to spend far too much money on nothing each time we walked in the door. Seriously, any day I thought of going I should have just ran a hundred dollar bill threw a shredder. It seemed that each time that was the minimum wasted amount.
The second is that this one store has grown to be such a monopoly trying to dominate every market in America, pushing out and destroying smaller business such as grocery stores, pharmacies, optical centers and is now trying to tackle medical care. My family has happened to run small family grocery stores for over 60 years. While I have chosen to pursue other career paths, I feel it is important to support my family by shopping locally with them.
Then there is the pollution, unfair wages and a multitude of other issues I have but I digress.
While shopping locally has proven to be wonderful for cost and time savings in most areas there are a few things that the smaller merchants just can not compete with price wise. (This is the ticket to them luring you in the door - low prices on just a few items while overall, the prices are comparable for lesser quality products.) One of these such items is dish washing detergent. There is about a $4.00 a bottle difference in price.
Because of my little boycott, my choice is I either suck it up and take three kids who will want $60 in toys in there for a $4 bottle of Cascade, buy the bottle at the local store for $8 or make my own for pennies.
I chose the latter.
Making dish washing detergent is so simple. And most local grocery stores cary all of these items for their older customers who's business they rely on. If you shop local and do not see them, ask. Local merchants are always more than willing to stock something special to keep a customer.
After a few google searches and finding it was possible I adjusted a few minor things to come up with the following recipe.
1 Cup of Washing Soda
1 Cup of Borax
1/2 Cup of Salt (Kosher is best but I did not have any this time out and used regular Iodized salt and it works fine)
4 packets of Lemon aid Kool-Aid
Measure your ingredients and pour into a bowl in no particular order. Be sure to smash out any clumps and stir together.
Place in an air tight container. I prefer a mason jar because the dish washing soap is forever sitting on the counter at my house. This way, it looks cute.
1 Tablespoon of dish washing soap per load of dishes. Heavily soiled pots and pans you can add 2. For an added all natural rinse agent - fill your dispenser with vinegar rather than JetDry.
Perfect! An all natural, environmentally friendly and inexpensive dish washing soap!
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