Friday, November 18, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

This is something I've been wanting to do for a while.
We are working toward becoming more self-sufficient
with household products.

Here's a recipe I found for dishwasher detergent.
With a few simple ingredients
and about 10 minutes worth of your time,
you can be sure that you will be on your way
to providing your homestead with another product
that will be superior to anything you can find in the market.
Just as it's important to know what goes into our bodies,
 knowing what's in the cleansers we use is another way
to assure that our family is exposed
to the safest ingredients possible.

The citric acid was found at the health food store.
Although the recipe calls for lemon oil,
I used cucumber/melon,
as that's what was in the medicine cabinet.

All ingredients except the essential oils are measured
and added to a blender or food processor.
Once the mixture is processed,
add your favorite oil (or not!).

A fine texture is your goal. 
I added a tablespoon right in the container.

Since this is the first time I'm making this,
the date will help me know how long it lasts
before another batch is needed.
I also marked the label with "1 T",
so the person starting the load
will know how much is needed per load.

Dishwashing Detergent
1 C Borax
1 C baking soda
1/4 C sea salt
1/4 C citric acid
30 drops lemon essential oil

Pulverize all but oil in blender in small batches.
Add oil when mixture is a fine texture.
Add 1 T (tablespoon) per load.

***Update:  This cleanser did not meet our expectations,
so we tweaked it.
Find the new recipe here.