Thursday, August 26, 2010

Success! Dish washing detergent!

As it has previously been documented, I make my own laundry detergent. I don't use it all the time - in fact I'm out right now and need to make some more - but I love it. It cleans great. Is fun to make, oddly enough. And is super cheap. As a note, I only buy the real stuff when I have a killer coupon.

Around the same time I started making laundry soap I also tried to make my own Cascade. I failed miserably. It didn't clean all of my dishes and it left a weird film on them.

I recently did some research about that and discovered that adding salt to the main recipe helps. Odd, I know....but I tried it - and it WORKED!

Dishing washing detergent

1 cup borax (NOT boric acid, they are completely different)
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup table salt (the cheap stuff, nothing fancy)

Mix it all in a container with a lid. I use 2 tablespoons, which doesn't quite fill up the closed container....and then I add just a little bit to the open cup.

I guess I should say that I do rinse my dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher. I don't know how well this would clean off stuck on foods.

If you try this yourself, let me know how it works for you.

1 comment:

The Hairstons said...

You are SO GOOD!!

You should check out this site too:
It is all natural detergent and the proceeds go towards assisting families who are adopting orphans. I think you can also buy it at Favorite Laundry in Mt Laurel