Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade dishwasher detergent is a great idea for so many reasons. Perhaps most importantly in today's difficult economic times, making your own dishwasher detergent can save you money. Buying dishwasher detergent at the store can cost quite a bit, especially if you have children and are running your dishwasher once a day. Making your own dishwasher detergent can also be more environmentally friendly than purchasing commercially made dishwasher detergent, which can be full of a lot of chemicals. Here are the ingredients you will need and the steps to follow to make your own dishwasher detergent.

There are different recipes you can follow to make your own dishwasher detergent, but the core ingredients are generally the same. They include washing soda, borax and distilled white vinegar. Other variations of this homemade dishwasher detergent include a little bit of citric acid and kosher salt.

To make the dishwasher detergent, mix equal parts washing soda and borax. If you wish to use the citric acid and the kosher salt, and one half part each to the equation. The distilled white vinegar can be placed in the rinse portion of your dishwasher. You'll only need to put in one tablespoon of white vinegar and two tablespoons of the homemade dishwasher detergent to come out with perfectly clean dishes. You may even want to compare a glass previously washed with store bought detergent to a glass that you wash with your homemade dish detergent. The homemade dishwasher detergent is effective, and will most likely have your dishes come out cleaner than with store bought dishwasher detergent.

It's a good idea to make your homemade dishwasher detergent in a relatively large batch so that you will have it on hand and the convenience will be the same as with store bought detergent. Remember to store it carefully, especially if you have children or pets. Even though it isn't as harsh as store bought detergent, it can be extremely dangerous should children get their hands on it. Happy washing!

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