Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Use of some common ingredient present in the grocery to make dishwasher detergents can save a lot of money from your daily budget. The following article provides information about some of the homemade dishwasher detergents.
Homemade dishwashers detergents are eco-friendly and cost a fraction of what other commercial detergents cost. You may think that making a detergent yourself is a tedious and time-consuming process, and you'd rather just use your regular detergent. But before you make any assumptions, take a look at these simple methods to make your own dishwasher detergents.

Detergent Powder

This detergent is suitable even for hard water, and to clear all the problems that are caused by it.

Ingredients
  • Borax, found in the laundry section of any department store
  • Standard baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Citrus essential oil
Procedure
  1. A good idea while making your own dishwasher detergent is to make it in bulk and store for future use. Also, use a suitable container with a wide mouth to be able to access it with a scoop spoon easily.
  2. To make the detergent, combine equal parts of the baking soda and borax and mix it thoroughly.
  3. Add one drop of any citrus essential oil such as lemon or orange, for every 2 cups of detergent. Mix it thoroughly to avoid the formation of lumps. This is also important to add a good fragrance to the detergent.
  4. Store this detergent in a container, and use 1-2 tbsp with every load. In case the dishes are very dirty, or the water is hard, use an extra tablespoon.
  5. Also, to take care of the hard water, and the etching it leaves behind on the dishes, add one-fourth to half a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. This will not only leave your dishes spot-less and sparkling, but will also clear all the collected residue in your dishwasher. With these dual functions, adding vinegar is a must.
Detergent Liquid

For those of you who prefer to work with a liquid detergent rather than a detergent powder, the following method is very useful.

Ingredients
  • Natural, unscented liquid castile soap
  • Citrus essential oils
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
Procedure
  1. Depending on the amount of detergent you wish to make, take equal parts of castile soap and water. Shake this mixture thoroughly. Do not, under any circumstance, use a hand wash or any other liquid soap.
  2. For every cup of the aforementioned liquid soap, add ΒΌ cup of vinegar and shake the mixture well.
  3. To remove the grease from the dishes and the dishwasher, use 1 tsp of lemon juice for every cup of the liquid detergent.
  4. Similar to the procedure for detergent powder, add only 1 drop of an edible, citrus essential oil to every cup of the detergent.
  5. Pour the concoction in an easy pour bottle, preferably with a spout. Always remember to shake the bottle well before using it.
  6. Again, vinegar is an essential part of any dishwasher detergent and any dish washing cycle. For a large load you may use half a cup, and one-fourth cup for a smaller load during the rinse cycle. It eliminates the need for a rinsing aid.
A homemade dishwasher detergent is not only cost-effective, but also environment-friendly, as it is free of some harsh chemicals present in commercial detergents. So do yourself and the environment a huge favor, by making and using some of these dishwasher detergents yourself.
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