Im not sure Ive ever had such a quick and positive reaction to a facebook post as I did when I mentioned earlier this evening that I had discovered a simple and effective recipe for homemade dishwashing detergent. Looks like this post could be helpful indeed! :)
I’ve been doing some research into homemade cleaning products as id like to slowly make the shift away from pre-packaged cleaners for a variety of reasons, and I was searching for some ideas for the dishwasher when I came upon this post with some suggestions.
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
1 Tablespoon Borax
1Tablespoon Washing Soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
So, all I do is mix these four ingredients in a small cup, stir it up a bit, and put it in the OPEN compartment of the dishwasher. I was concerned that perhaps I would need two “servings”, one for the open and one of the closed compartments, but no… just one portion was enough to get the dishes nice and clean.
I was in such a hurry to get this post up the other night that I didnt include my experimentations from the following day for bulk amounts. Heres what I’ve done to have the detergent ready at hand, and how Im putting it to practical use.
Following the proportions for the serving per load recipe, you want:
Homemade Laundry Detergent (in bulk)
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/3 Cup Kosher salt
Per Load: use 2 rounded Tablespoons
I found a handy-dandy quart mason jar (is there anything a mason jar cannot hold?) and added each ingredient. Put the lid on and gently toss the bottle upside down and back again until the ingredients have married nicely.
Now you can either leave it like that or, to be on the safe side, you might want to label the jar very clearly so no one confuses this mixture for a food product. You dont want a batch of Borax Brownies next time you bake, right?
I have done five loads of dishes now with this and each load has come out perfectly clean. No filmy residue on the cups, pots and pans getting just as clean if not cleaner than they did with the commercial gel detergent, and no residual gunk that I seem to find caked onto some of my taller glasses about every four or five loads or so.
So I am sold! Both the giant box of Washing Soda and the giant box of Borax were 4.99 a box. I cant begin to think how many washes Im going to get for that combined cost of 10 dollars, and when you think of how much that commercial stuff is, even on sale… for sure Ive got to be saving money. And while I know that borax is controversial amongst the ecologically-minded (if you’re not a fan of Borax see the link above for a non-borax recipe) but it cant be any worse than what in the pre-packaged stuff. And by the way, if you have a hard time finding washing soda, Sarah at Nature’s Nurture did a super groovy post on how to make washing soda out of baking soda; check it out here.
If you try this out let me know how it goes! And while Im not one to ask you to pin my posts, do feel free to pin this one if you feel so inclined as I bet there will be others who are interested in this homemade solution for dishwashing detergent.
Happy Dishwashing, Ladies!Proud to be linking up today with Tiny Tip Tuesdays over at Nature’s Nurture and Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays at New Nastolgia, as well as Frugal Tuesday Tip at Getting Ahead, Teach Me Tuesdays at Growing Home, Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife,