As many of you have probably figured out, I love to make things. I make diapers, clothes, food–umm lots of food, shoes, games, soap, crafty things, and so on and so forth. As I have strived to both save money and use safer products, I have tried to make a lot of our house hold cleaning products. Many of them take two main products to make–Borax, and Super Washing soda–both are very cheap compared to the many “ready made” products on the market. Less then $8 for a box of both.
The first recipe I am going to share here is our homemade dishwasher detergent. I have adapted this recipe from another that I found that did not work too well in our hard water, even when I added Lemishine. It is SUPER easy, and is working quite well in our SUPER hard water. I will say, I still have to use Lemishine, but I don’t mind paying a bit more for it, when I can save $10 a month by making my own detergent ( we normally do 3 loads a day). Now on to how to make your Automatic Dishwasher Detergent.
Large Ice Cream Bucket
1/2 cup Citric Acid–available at bulk food stores
1/2 cup of salt–I use non-iodized salt
1 cup Borax–found in laundry aisle
1 Cup Super Washing Soda–found in laundry aisle
Dump all ingredients into the bucket and mix well. Use 1-1.5 tablespoons per wash in your dishwasher. This will clump together, just break them apart with a wooden or plastic spoon between uses.
In our hard water I use 2-3 tablespoons of Lemishine in each load.
I hope this recipe helps you to be able to save a bit of money and use safer products in your home.