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How To Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent - Bakerette

How To Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Dishwasher-Detergent(570x380)-frame“OUT, Damn’d spot! Out, I say!”

I’ve always wanted to use that phrase from Shakespeare’s Macbeth! It feels so liberating to yell that out. Try it. It’s cathartic. Say it with Gusto!

By golly I got to scream that saying out the other night when I pulled the glasses and silverware from my dishwasher and saw spots. SPOTS on my dishes. Gah! Makes me so mad. Stupid hard water spots! So I poured 1/4 cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and ran it through the light cycle and “presto” they went away. But why do I want to spend lots of money on dishwasher detergent AND vinegar just to keep those damn spots off?

Enough was enough. I went straight to Pinterest where I’ve had this homemade dishwasher detergent pinned to my board with the intent of making it one day. Then I saw that my friends at MadeFromPinterest.net made it and gave it a “This Pin Rocks” stamp of approval. I decided right then and there I was going to make it and see if indeed my damn’d spots would go away.

Once I purchased all of the ingredients, it was so simple to make. I’ve used it several times since with NO spots! The damn’d spots are out!

So here’s the low down on why you’d want to make your own detergent: (1) It’s easy. (2) It saves $$$. (3) it WORKS. (4) It’s environmentally friendly.

Yields: 32 ounces

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Borax, Washing Soda, Citric Acid or LemiShine, and Kosher salt.
  2. Pour into a 32-ounce container. Use 1 tablespoon per load.
  3. Pour vinegar or lemon juice into your rinse aid compartment.

Note: This recipe will clump. To help avoid the issue, stir it several times for a day or two. Using a glass canister with a rubber seal (such as a Mason jar) helps eliminate clumping. In further investigation, some people mentioned that by adding 1/8th cup of Diatomaceous Earth to a 3-cup batch of detergent avoids the clumping. Or, quite simply, halve the batch and make a little at a time.

If you’re concerned about using Borax, which I personally am not, here are a couple of articles you can read to help you in your decision. Borax is a natural element and I consider it as harmless as salt. Much less harmful than all the chemicals in commercial detergents.

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Homemade Dishwasher Soap
 
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Serves: 32 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup food-grade Citric Acid -OR- 1/2 cup LemiShine - OR - Ball Fruit Fresh (double for hard water)
  • 1/2 cup coarse Kosher Salt
  • White vinegar or lemon juice (optional)
  • 32-ounce container with a lid (Mason jars work wonderful!)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Borax, Washing Soda, Citric Acid or LemiShine, and Kosher salt.
  2. Pour into a 32-ounce container. Use 1 tablespoon per load.
  3. Pour vinegar or lemon juice into your rinse aid compartmen (optional)t.
Notes
This recipe will clump. To help avoid the issue, stir it several times for a day or two. Using a glass canister with a rubber seal (such as a Mason jar) helps eliminate clumping.
In further investigation, some people mentioned that by adding 1/8th cup of Diatomaceous Earth to a 3-cup batch of detergent avoids the clumping. Or, quite simply, halve the batch and make a little at a time.
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Comments

  1. Molly Fien says:

    such a wonderful way to live and appreciate life – I like your style!

  2. Jen, Thanks for mentioning us! I am glad you found it to be as successful as I have. Nifty, huh? I love Shakespeare for making it acceptable to say exactly what we want to say and it sounds so dignified if it is from Shakespeare.

    • You’re welcome Sherri. You’re the one who spurred me to try it and I’m quite pleased with it. I hope others check out your site!

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