We have been learning about using more natural products in our homes, including household cleaners. It's just shocking, yet cool, how well you can clean with just vinegar, borax and baking soda! We even make our own daily shower spray and we love it.
We did experience a recent failure however! I read that you can use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of borax and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in place of dishwasher detergent. Both have antibacterial properties and are very, very mildly abrasive (so as to clean food off dishes). DON'T try this at home. It did not work as promised and we had a coating on all our dishes. Took several more runs through the dishwasher with regular dishwashing detergent to get the film off.
Well, you win some and your lose some. :)