Thanks to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!
I found another cleaning article online "Keeping Your Home Clean and Safe" at: http://www.greenliving.org/healthyliving/cleaning.html
You might be able to get this in most natural food, environmental or alternative stores. Or try this mail-order company: The Living Source - 800/662-8787
OK, here's the article...
#2 - DISHWASHER DETERGENT
Sodium Hexametaphosphate is probably the best substance you can use in your dishwasher. Not only does it cut grease and leave dishes spotless, it also acts as a scale inhibitor and will actually clean your dishwasher with each washing. You use the same amount of Sodium Hexametaphosphate as you would dishwasher detergent and watch your dishes sparkle!
#3 - DISHWASHING LIQUID BOOSTER
Because Sodium Hexametaphosphate is a water softener, it will boost the cleaning action of soap for any use. Just add a few tbsp. to your dish water (remember to use the amount that makes the water feel slippery) and use half as much dishwashing liquid. No more water spots on hand-washed dishes either.
#4 - WINDOW CLEANER
Sodium Hexametaphosphate will work as well on your windows as it will on your dishes. Just dissolve about a tsp. each of Sodium Hexametaphosphate and liquid soap with warm water in a spray bottle. You can also use this solution on glass shower doors to dissolve mineral build-up (if necessary, make the solution a little stronger).
#5 - BUBBLE BATH
No, Sodium Hexametaphosphate won't foam up into bubbles, but what it will do is make a little liquid soap froth all over the place. Again, add it a little at a time, dissolving it in your bathwater until the water feels slippery. A wonderful bath is to use Sodium Hexametaphosphate, liquid soap and a couple of sliced lemons. You'll have a fragrant, luxurious bath that will make your skin softer and smoother than you can imagine.
#6 - HAIR RINSE
Do natural soap shampoos leave your hair feeling sticky? Try rinsing with a solution of Sodium Hexametaphosphate and the soap film will come right out.