Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Dishwasher Recipe

OK guys, I have been learning how to make my own household cleaners, and I have to say I am loving it!
It is so easy and it really works well, and it saves a LOT of money!
One of the first things I learned to make was Dishwasher Detergent.
This is SO easy, you can do in it minutes, and be done, and have a really good dishwasher detergent!
All you do is combine:
1 cup Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup salt
That's It!
Super easy, huh?
I store mine in a plastic container with a lid. 
Oh, and you only use 1 Tbs. 
I did a lot of research on recipes, and they are all very similar. I did read several times though that some people were having trouble with theirs leaving a white film behind, and I saw that several people said that if you add Citric Acid, it won't do that.
So, I picked one with Citric Acid, just in case!
I got my Citric Acid from The Health Food Center. 
It has worked perfectly! The only time we had any problems was the time that my daughter loaded the dishwasher, and put too much detergent in, and it left a film.
I washed them by hand and it came right off, and I showed her how much to use. 1 Tbs. only , and not a heaping Tbs. , just a loosely packed level Tbs.
If you use the correct amount, AND make sure you have White Vinegar in the rinse agent, you shouldn't have any problems.
At least, I haven't. I know everyones dishwashers are different, so I can't guarantee it, but it has worked for me!
Oh, after I first made the detergent, it seemed to get some moisture in it or something, and kind of stuck together. I stirred it back up, and it was a little different consistency, but it works all the same! lol
I hope you give it a try and love it too!
Let me know!
I will let you know all of the other recipes that I learn to make too!
Stay tuned!


Blossom said...

Very neat. Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately for us over here, our dishwasher broke!
I was given a laundry soap recipe that sounds a lot the same:
1 bar Fels Naphtha soap, or Ivory (other kinds have too much fat or something and do not mix well with the other ingredients- personal experience lol)
5 gallon bucket (for mixing and storage)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
4 1/2 gallons of water
Grate the soap, put in a pan and cover with water and melt. Fill bucket with hot water and soap, mix til combined then add the washing soda and borax. It will look like 'egg noodle soup' when it is done (gross, eh?). Use about 1/2 -1 cup for each load. I actually use about 3/4... dirty clothes?? lol
Thanks again for sharing!

Very Blessed Mamma said...

I am actually working on some of that right now! i am trying to make liquid hand soap too. I am trying to get it to a thinner consistency however.
We'll see how it turns out! lol

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