Simple Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Recipe
March 13, 2013 in Homemade Cleaning Products
The typical ingredients in dishwashing detergents look like words from another planet: sodium lauryl sulfate, dimethyl amine oxide, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium chloride, methylisothiazolinone, and phenoxyethanol. Huh?
Must we have those harsh chemicals in our dishwashing detergents? Are they safe for the environment and our families? At the same time, you may wonder, “How in the world can I possibly make a product like this?” This answer is . . . you can’t. Instead, I’m going to show you how to do much better by making your own homemade dishwashing detergent recipe.
Simple & Safe Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Recipe
It really is amazing how easy it is to make this recipe. This detergent is effective at cleaning, and it dissolves in the water without leaving nasty clumps on your dishes. You’ll need:
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax™
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
*White Vinegar (Rinsing Agent)
If you are not familiar with citric acid, you’ll probably be able to find it at your local grocery store in the canned food section. Sometimes, specialty beer and liquor stores have this item as well. Citric acid is important to use because it eliminates the filmy residue that some homemade dish detergents leave behind. Amazon also sells a Citric Acid 1 Lb tub for a very affordable price.
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent Directions
Combine all of the ingredients (except the vinegar) in a glass jar and then close the lid. That’s it! You’re done. I told you it was easy. Use about 1 tablespoon per load. Fill the rinse dispenser with white vinegar to help wash away any leftover soapy residue.
There you have it! You’ve bypassed all of the strange-sounding ingredients in order to make a product that works just as well. Now that you have your own homemade dishwashing detergent, all you have to do is wait for the kids to unload the dishes for you, right?