Dishwasher Detergent and Rinse
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I finally gave making my own dishwasher detergent and rinse a try and I’m so happy with the results. As for cleanliness, I do not see a difference in how my dishes were coming out before with store-bought detergent. I think this recipe cleans the dishes very well.
It is also very frugal because making your own dishwasher detergent and rinse cost a tiny fraction of the amount of store bought detergents and rinses.
My only complaint is that I didn’t get citric acid right away and my glasses were extremely foggy. The citric acid added to this recipe helps the glasses get squeaky clean instead of leaving a foggy look to them. This, combined with the rinse really makes the difference. I’ve heard of people not being happy with homemade dishwasher soap, but they were either not using citric acid, or were not using the vinegar rinse. Together they make a great glass cleaning team, making them shiny. Without, the borax and washing soda will leave a white residue making any glass very foggy.
The vinegar rinse not only leaves the dishes sparkly, it really cleans the dishwasher out.
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (or “LemiShine“)
- 1/2 cup salt (for scrubbing action)
Directions: Use 1 Tbsp per load. More is not necessary. Remember that it is the water softening power that does the biggest trick.
- White Vinegar
Directions: Add white vinegar to your rinse dish or outlet until full for a clean rinse and clean dishwasher.
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