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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Making Home Made Dishwasher Detergent

Simple, Easy Ingredients

My Pastor’s wife recently said she had tried my home made laundry detergent (http://blog.mylittleprairiehome.com/2013/10/making-homemade-laundry-detergent-soap.html ) but was now really looking for an inexpensive home made dishwasher detergent.  I knew I had some recipes somewhere, so I promised her I would root them out for her.  There are three in particular that work pretty darn well and all of them are less than .10 per load (YAY!!!):



•    2 cups water
•    2 cups baking soda
•    2 cups borax
•    5 drops of any kind of citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, grapefruit)
•    Half gallon plastic milk jug or similar container, clean and with a tight lid
•    Funnel


Using the funnel, add all ingredients to your container and shake well to mix.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. (if there is a film on your dishes, which shouldn’t be the case, cut down on detergent)


Always add two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to your rinse aid compartment for sparkling dishes.



•    3 cups Coarse Kosher Salt
•    3 ½ cups Washing Soda (found in laundry aisle usually)
•    4 cups Borax (also in the laundry aisle)
•    1 oz food-grade Citric Acid
•    Container with tight lid


Mix all ingredients well and store in container with a tight seal.  Use 2 Tablespoons per load and, of course, use 2 tablespoons of vinegar as a rinse aid.

NOTE:  If you can’t find food grade Citric Acid, you can use unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid!!  Use 6 packets in place of the ounce of Citric Acid.

There is a mild debate over whether Borax is safe to use. . .and it is everywhere. . .lotions, laundry detergents, and, of course, laundry detergents.  Here is a great bit of info on the subject if you are of two minds about using it: http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not
If you have made the personal determination that you don’t want to use Borax in your cleaning regimen, here is the dishwashing detergent for you!

Borax-free Recipe:


•    2 cups Washing Soda OR Baking Soda
•    ½ cups of coarse Kosher Salt
•    ½ cups food grade Citric Acid
•    10 drops of citrus essential oil (Orange, lemon, or grapefruit) Not only are citrus essential oils fabulous for cleaning, but they also have wonderful antibacterial properties! And they smell terrific, too!


Mix first 3 ingredients well in an air tight container. Add essential oil.  Mix again. 

Use ½ tablespoon of detergent for average loads.
Use 1 tablespoon of detergent for particularly dirty/greasy/heavy loads.

And, of course, don’t forget to use the 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar as a rinse aid.

So that’s it!  Easy-peasy! 

Happy Dish-Doing!!

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