Thanks to my friends Gaylene and Pinterest, I have started making my own dishwasher detergent. It is super cheap and all natural and I thought I'd share with you.
You will need:
1 c. Borax
1 c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1/2 c. Kosher Salt
4 packets of lemonade (generic or name brand)
Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl...
Put the mixture in a container and THAT'S IT! I used a pickle jar and painted the lid. However, I recently acquired some FABULOUS mason jars and will be transferring the detergent. It's pretty enough to keep out.
I use about 1 tablespoon per load. You can also use white vinegar as a rinse agent as well. There are several recipes that are all very similar. Depending on your dishwasher (ours is super cheap-o), you might try different kinds.
Have fun, good luck, and CHEERS to being frugal.