Yay! Steve finished installing the dishwasher in the kitchen. I’ve never had a dishwasher and I am imagining this freeing up all kinds of time I can use for crafting and creating. Also I have read that dishwashers actually use LESS water than washing dishes by hand in the sink.
We have no dishwashing detergent in the house, since up to now there was not a working dishwasher in the kitchen. Luckily, the internet never fails in providing a recipe to experiment with. I found this one on several sites touted as working very well.
Recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
– 1 cup Washing soda
– 1 cup Borax
– ½ cup salt
– ½ cup citric acid
Mix together and store tightly covered in a Mason Jar. Use one tablespoon per load. Add vinegar to the rinse dispenser for the best results.
I had everything in the house but the citric acid, which I found at the 2nd hardware store we visited for last minute pieces to install the dishwasher. For future reference, since citric acid isn’t that easy to find and comes in a smallish container, I kept looking and found other sites suggesting I can use just the 1 cup of borax and 1 cup baking soda or washing soda. Add 2 tablespoons per load along with a splash of white vinegar in the rinse chamber of the dishwasher to prevent spots and/or residue.
So my recipe will be a combination of these two popular internet recipes and I may add a splash of lemon juice or more citric acid if needed.
My Recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking/Washing soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/4 cup salt
(2 Tbs of this mixture per wash)
a splash of vinegar in the rinse
We filled the washer, started it and left for curling. When we came back we had clean dishes! There was some powdery residue (which wiped off with my finger) on the outside of the canning jars in the top shelf, but the glasses looked good and all the plates and bowls were clean. I call that success.