This is a powder and for the life of me, I can't figure out the koolaid part except it adds a fresh lemon scent. I think you could skip it.
Here's a simple recipe for dishwasher soap:
• 1 cup of borax
• 1 cup of baking soda
• ¼ cup 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 to 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.
• 4 cups of water
• ⅓ bar of cheap soap, grated
• ½ cup washing soda (not baking soda)
• ½ cup of Borax (20 Mule Team)
• 5-gallon bucket for mixing
• 3 gallons of water,
First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.
This one is a bit more work. grating the soap and cooking it, but honestly to0k$25 less than half an hour and 3 gallons will last us a while. I saved the last container of liquid detergent I bought and refill from the 5 gallon bucket. I used Octogon soap, but you can use dove or ivory if you have sensitive skin and don't want fragrance. The stuff works really well adn I use it as a pretreat on stains too.
I bought everything I needed for both recipes for $8 and I had enough leftover to make another batch or two. So I figure that I can probably spent about $25 a year on this stuff as opposed to $8 per bottle of laundry soap. And this stuf is better for the enviroment as well.