I have been experimenting with making my own dishwashing detergent and have found a recipe that is simple, doesn’t use Borax, and gets the dishes very clean. I settled on a recipe from The Eco-Friendly Family. Here are the ingredients & steps:
- 12 oz. Lemi-Shine powder (available in the dishwashing detergent aisle, usually with rinse aides on a high shelf)
- 1 1/2 cups washing soda – This is the main ingredient in most commercial dishwashing detergents and is the same thing used in making your own laundry soap. The basic pH is what does the washing.
- 1/2 cup baking soda – for more washing power
- 1/2 cup sea salt – I used coarse crystals but any sea salt will work.
Put all these items together in a container that will seal air-tight. Humidity is the enemy of this powder. Shake the container to mix and evenly distribute ingredients. Use 1 tablespoon in your dishwasher’s main reservoir with each wash. You can add 1/2 tablespoon to the secondary reservoir for more washing power.
TIP: For a rinse aid – fill your dishwasher’s rinse-aid reservoir with white vinegar. This will rinse the dishes clean and keep them spot free.