Friday, November 11, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Aaron whipped up our batch of dishwasher detergent yesterday and we ran our first load and it worked wonderfully!  We used a simple formula of 1c Washing soda, 1c borax, 1/2c citric acid, and 1/2c salt.  We are also using vinegar as our rinse agent but you can also use lemon juice.
We did run into one issue when we opened the container today and noticed that it has become one big clump in the bucket.  The citric acid causes the moisture  We did some reading and found a few different solutions.

1.  Adding rice would eliminate the moisture although I don't know that rice is good for dishwashers.
2.  Leaving the mixture out and stir a few times a day for a few days keeping lid on after stirring.
3.  Add citric acid separately to each load.
4.  Put the mixture into ice cube containers and make into blocks, then seal in an air tight container.

We are leaving it out on the counter and stirring it for a few days and will see if that works out for us.

1 comment:

  1. Leaving the detergent on the counter and stirring often for a few days worked well. It is now sealed and under the counter and has not clumped.