Ever since we moved here to Minden, NV, from Southern California, the detergent that I used to buy for the dishwasher "explodes" or bursts causing a huge mess in the container. Its probably due to the altitude here. Anyway, I got tired of having to constantly pull the tablets apart, so I went looking for a make your own / MYO dishwashing detergent recipe. I don't remember where I found it, but here is the recipe below. It works great! I put about 1 tablespoon in my dishwasher per load.
Homemade make your own dishwasher detergent
Equal parts of the following:
generic dishwashing detergent powder
So, if you wanted to make this you could make it using 1 cup each of the above ingredients or whatever quantities that you wanted to use. I used 3 cups of each so that I wouldn't have to make it for awhile.
If anyone tries it, let me know if its working good for you.