I enjoy using my dishwasher. I wash pots, pans, and other dishes occasionally by hand, but I really enjoy the simpleness of having a dishwasher cleaning most of my dishes. I also enjoy the simpleness of being able to make my own dishwasher detergent. It is so easy and saves my family money. Don't forget to put vinegar in the rinse cycle to save even more money!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1 cup borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid (can be found at Hobby Lobby) BUT if you can't find it, use 2 pkg of Lemonade Flavored Kool-Aid. ONLY LEMON otherwise you will dye your dishwasher.