April 13, 2010

Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

Many of you saw my post about making homemade laundry detergent. I loved it so much, I thought that I would try my hand at dishwasher detergent.

Ingredients:
Borax
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
Kosher Salt
Citric Acid or in this case Unsweetened Lemonade Packets
Cute Glass Jar

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Mix together:
1/2 Cup Borax, 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer
1/4 Cup Kosher Salt and 10 packets of lemonade
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Stir well, and pour into a cute jar. I used an antique atlas canning jar with bale.


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If your dishwasher has a place for Jet Dry, fill it up with straight white vinegar instead.
Use 1 Tablespoon of detergent per load.

* UPDATE *
This detergent became hard as a rock in the container. The next time I made it, I used real Citric Acid instead of the lemonade mix, omitted the salt and added a piece of pantyhose filled with rice to the container. The pantyhose absorbs the moisture preventing it from become hard.

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