Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 4:26pm

 This is a great beginners project for someone who wants to make more items homemade and purchase less consumer products.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid)

Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine :) or just an empty detergent box you have.
To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup).

The original recipe says to use white vinegar for the rinse aid, but when I did this it made all my dishes smell like vinegar which isn’t too pleasant. I think my lemon rinds covered with vinegar is better than plain vinegar too.

I found if you put a squirt of Dawn or some other brand in the main wash container it makes your dishes much more sparkly!  Smile

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 12:04pm

Interesting!  I was wondering if it left a residue on the dishes.  Perhaps the Dawn helps cut down on that a bit?

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 7:27pm

I think the vinegar helps with that Grace.  Smile

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