Wednesday, July 6, 2011
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
**UPDATED** The first few days that I used this detergent, everything seemed fine. After that, the entire batch of detergent seemed to clump up and solidify. I forged ahead, and stirred it every day to minimize the clumping. I continued to use the detergent for a good week to two weeks and over time there seemed to be a cloudy film on the dishes that built up the more times they were run through the dishwasher. So because of this, I have to recommend that you NOT make this recipe. If you were wondering, I was using the vinegar during the rinse cycle, but it didn't seem to help. I apologize if anyone made this and was not pleased with the results. I wasn't either. :(
Next on my list to DIY is dishwasher detergent. This recipe comes from Crazy Craft Bugs and Flitterbugs. Be sure to check out their posts and tips. I love my dishwasher, old and small as it is. I grew up the youngest child of three and as such I was the go-to dishwasher. I have to say, I don't miss washing dishes by hand. If my dishwasher broke I would survive, but I enjoy the convenience of loading it up and going about my business.
As you can see my container was a bit large but I didn't want to buy a canister when I had one that worked perfectly well, even if it is a bit big. Check the comment section for an approximate price breakdown. Ready for the recipe?
Updated: If you have extra hard water, this recipe might leave a white chalky sort of residue on your dishes. You might want to try a test batch before making a full batch of detergent.
Note: Instead of buying straight up citric acid, I used the suggestion from Amy to use the "Fresh Fruit" product in the canning section of the grocery store. Buying citric acid can be a little hard to find so I bought one bottle of the Fresh Fruit. It contained 1 cup of the product so I went ahead and doubled the recipe since the original recipe only called for 1/2 cup.
Even though the ingredients add up to only 3 cups, after I stirred it up and measured it, the air incorporated into the mix and added a bit of volume.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
3 1/4 cups or 52 Tablespoons
1 cup Borax (Usually in the laundry detergent aisle)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Usually in the laundry detergent aisle)
1/2 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup citric acid (see note above, I used "Fresh Fruit" found in the canning aisle)
1. Mix all ingredients in a clean container and cover.
To use: Add 1 Tablespoon of detergent per dishwasher load. Be sure to add white vinegar to the rinsing agent compartment to stop dishes from getting cloudy.
Source: Crazy Craft Bugs