Well, I hate to say it folks, but my dishwasher soap recipe failed. My dishes came out just as dirty as they went in....now, that might be because we are in the habit of not scrubbing our dishes because of the shelf product we used. So, I guess, if you want to wash your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, you can use the homemade stuff. I think I am going to resort to Cascade Complete.
Note: I have only done one load of laundry with my homemade detergent...can't complain. We'll see when I get a really tough load though!