Ingredients (all found at Walmart):
2 cups Lemi Shine
2 cups Super Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
1 cup Kosher salt
White vinegar for rinsing aid
Instructions: mix and dump. 1 Tbs per load.
Lemi shine (used all): 3.77
Washing soda: 1.12
Salt (had on hand, but whatever): 1.00
Vinegar (had on hand) : not including because this is a rinse aid
Total cost: $6.60
Number of loads: 112
Cost per load: $0.059
Compare to Cascade (75 ounce package): Cost per load: $0.65. BUT, this is per TBS and Cascade recommends more than this per load.
Conclusion: So it saved a few bucks in all. And I'm not a scientist...so I can't set whether the ingredients in the Arm & Hammer and Borax are "healthier" than those in Cascade. But I think over the long run this will be cheaper and easier, especially when you only use 1/4 to 1/3 of the boxes of washing soda and borax...you'll only need to buy the Lemi Shine every other month or so. Makes things easy.
Bigger-Deal Conclusion: My dishes were cleaner and shinier. Glasses weren't grimy and "foggy", but squeaky clean and sparkly. For this reason, I love the homemade dish soap!