DIY Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

Last week Baby Robert and I embarked on a long walk to our local Walgreens to pick up some dishwashing detergent.  We were completely out and the dishwasher had been packed for days.  It was starting to emit a pretty nasty smell.

Halfway to the store, I realized that I had left my wallet at home.  Normally I would have turned around to pick up the wallet and go back out.  However, Robert was getting close to his nap time and I didn’t want to miss the window of opportunity for a good nap.  We continued on our walk and came home empty handed.

While he was napping I did what any modern woman does during her free time, I got on Pinterest.  I was determined to find an easy DIY detergent so I could get the dirty dish stench out of my kitchen.

This is a combination of a couple different ones I found on various blogs.  Most of them called for citric acid, which I obviously don’t have laying around.  I found that the store bought lime juice works just as well.  Anything citric would work.

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

  • 1 part Kosher salt
  • 2 parts Borax
  • 2 parts washing soda
  • lime juice/ lemon juice/ citric acid
  • white vinegar

Mix the first 3 ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  Use 2 tablespoons for each wash.  Before washing add a couple squirts of lime or lemon juice to the mix.  Fill your rinse compartment with white vinegar.

I highly recommend keeping Borax, vinegar, washing soda and baking soda in your house at all times.  I can’t tell you how many times I have Googled or Pinterested cleaning ideas and these items consistently pop up.

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