I’ve been slowly replacing my store-bought cleaners with homemade ones. I like the idea of knowing what is really in the products that I use, and organic products can get pretty pricey, so I love the savings I get from making them myself. I’ve been using this dishwasher detergent for about 2 months now. I’ll be honest, it’s not quite as awesome as the jet packs I was buying before, but it definitely does the job.
I found the glass container at Goodwill for $1, and it’s PERFECT because it has that little handle where I’ve put the measuring spoon, so it’s easy to scoop out exactly what I need. Here’s the recipe for the detergent:
Mix together the following ingredients:
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
1/2 cup of citric acid (if you can’t find it, you can use lemon kool-aid)
1/2 cup of kosher salt
Fill the rinse compartment with white vinegar.
There is still an unknown factor here, because, to be honest, I really don’t know what’s in borax or washing soda. And, I don’t know if they are really healthy or not. But, I’ve decided that at least it’s a step in the right direction. If anyone has another recipe that you love, or that you think is safer, please pass it on!
This time around, I didn’t make the effort to locate citric acid, so I substituted lemon kool-aid. Next time, I’d really like to use the citric acid and see if it performs better. I’ll let ya know!