I know dishwashers are not the greenest way to clean dishes but sometimes you just deserve a break! I have used both Trader Joe’s and Seventh Generation’s powdered dish detergent. Trader Joe’s was not convenient to get and Seventh Generation’s was a bit expensive. Plus both of them seemed to leave a white reside. Then I had to rewash the dishes and do twice the work. I knew there had to be a better way to avoid chemicals. I already make most of my other cleaners. Why not this? So, I searched and tested and found this to be the best recipe. It is really simple to make and most of the ingredients are easy to acquire.
What you will need:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/4 cup Sea Salt
Vinegar for the rinse
Just mix everything (but the vinegar) in an old air tight container. I used an old salsa jar. The citric acid is important so don’t skip it. It gets rid of the white residue. You can also mix it with water to spray down the sinks and tub. It helps with mineral deposits. Now Foods sells it on amazon.com for a good price. I haven’t been able to find it in stores around here. Also, citric acid is a safe preservative. I use it in my handmade creams/lotions and when I jar food.
The rice is thrown into the mix to help with sticking and hardening. I believe the citric acid makes it stick together.
Once you have it all mixed together add just 1-2 tbs to your dishwasher. Then put some vinegar in the rinse compartment. I find 1 tbs works for most loads unless they are extra dirty and greasy. I also found this to be the most cost effective green solution to using a dishwasher.
I hope you found this helpful. Thanks for reading!