I run my dishwasher every day!! I had decided to experiment with some different dishwasher detergents and see what would work in my dishwasher and be the most cost effective. I definitely wanted clean dishes with no residue. I was using some store brands, name brands, and "earth" friendly brands. I have settled in with the homemade for over 9 months now and am happy with the results. The recipe is very simple:
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid (--Get it from Mountain Rose Herbs)
Mix the powders together and add to homemade dishwasher soap "well". I use approximately 2 T. in my main "well". The amount will vary according to your dishwasher brand and capacity.
You can buy the Borax and Washing Soda at Walmart. I order the citric acid in a bulk amount through Mountain Rose Herbs or you can order it from Amazon. You can also add in a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to add additional properties to your powder. I like to add in the citrus oils like grapefruit, orange, or lemon oil. Mountain Rose Herbs also carry essential oils.
For the rinse aid compartment in my dishwasher, I fill that up with either vinegar or Biokleen Glass Cleaner Concentrate.
I have not had any problems with spots, residue or non-clean dishes with these combinations. We do have soft water in our house, so if you have hard water, you may find other results or have to adjust the amounts that you are using.
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Until next time, Julie
Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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