Well, I finally mixed up some of the homemade dishwashing detergent (for recipe see earlier post) and tried it and was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. The only difference I noticed was that my dishes did not come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean. They were clean, but not shiny like they are when I use commercial dishwashing detergent. It was comforting to realize that when I wash my dishes by hand, they definitely do not sparkle the same way they do as when I put them in the dishwasher and use commercial detergent. When I look at it that way, the lack of sparkle doesn’t bother me so much. The dishes weren’t cloudy or streaky or anything weird like that when I took them out of the dishwasher- they were just plain clean and I’m content with that for now.