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Life has not been this easy since always. Stories are abound, told by our grandparents, of just a few short decades ago how they had to hand wash the dirty dishes produced by their large households on a woody washboard. Looking back from where we are now, doing laundry and washing dishes by hand is a horrible scenario and predecessors had to do it every day of their life. How's that for miserable?
You might be expecting a sales pitch here, arguments like though modern day conveniences are one thing but do-it-yourself is the real thing. Although I could offer you numerous reasons on how making your own dishwasher detergent will benefit the planet, being an overzealous go green advocate, I won't. I will simply show you how switching from commercial dishwasher soap to homemade dishwashing detergent will positively impact your life.
Not that I am a big fan of DIY services, but the real stimulant of writing this article is to make you aware of the poisonous ingredients which come with the conventional dishwasher detergents. Sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate are the two chemicals generally found in commercially produced detergents. These two are known to cause health problems. So why should we tempt fate? Once you have inferred how easy it is to make homemade version of dishwasher detergent you will not only become a passionate user but will also relentlessly advocate it to your loved ones.
So let's get started. All you need for this are some basic ingredients.
Liquid Based Recipe
Pour the following ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake thoroughly until you get a uniform liquid.
1. Castile Soap (like Vermont Soap Organics) 2 Cups
2. Water Half Cup
3. White Vinegar Half Cup
4. Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon
5. Essential Oil 3 Drops
Before each use, shake the homemade dishwasher detergent's bottle well and measure just 2 tablespoons per load.
Powder Based Recipe
Mix the following two ingredients in a container with a lid.
1. Borax 1 Cup
2. Either washing soda or Baking Powder 1 Cup
That's all! Now every time you wash dishes just add 2 tablespoons per load with the small quantity of white vinegar in the rinse chamber of dishwasher to prevent residue and/or spot forming.