Some of you may remember my homemade dishwasher detergent fiasco of last spring. I tried making some with castile soap, vinegar, lemon juice, and water. It was an epic, epic fail.
In the meantime, I’ve meant to try other dishwasher detergent recipes, but my intention has gotten away from me. Part of it was my first move, then it was because we were living with my parents and I didn’t want to ruin all of their dishes. Now, I won’t get a chance to try, because our new home does not have a dishwasher. (Well, technically it does … but the dishwasher is ME.)
I’m pretty bummed that I won’t get a chance to try out Jill’s recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent, made with baking soda, Borax, kosher salt, lemonade Kool-Aid, and vinegar. (Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Borax, ¼ cup Kosher salt, and ¼ cup lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid. Add 2 Tablespoons of this mixture to your dishwasher’s detergent compartment, along with three drops of dishwashing liquid. Pour ½ cup of white vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher and start the wash cycle.)
Based on all of the ingredients, it doesn’t sound like there would be a horrid film and residue like I experienced with my castile soap disaster. But I know a lot of you have been looking for a recipe for safe and effective dishwasher detergent. Please let me know how it turns out!
(I also found a recipe for homemade fabric softener on Jill’s blog. Thanks so much for suggesting this recipe, Jess!)
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