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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I have all this washing soda and borax leftover from my homemade laundry detergent, so I did a little research and found a recipe for eco-friendly dishwasher detergent. Let’s give it a try, shall we?

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
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  • Washing Soda- 1 Cup
  • Borax- 1 Cup
  • Kosher Salt– 1/2 Cup
  • Citric Acid– 1/2 cup

Homemade Dishwasher DetergentMix all of these ingredients well.

When you do a load of dishes use 1 TBSP of powder mixture in the detergent cup, then add distilled white vinegar to the rinse aid compartment.<

I read conflicting views on needing citric acid. My dishes seem clean and clear without it. Maybe a few spots here and there, but barely noticeable.

Homemade Dishwasher DetergentSo, give it a try, save some dough, and save the earth from unnecessary chemicals. Let me know how it works for you and if you have any top secret tricks we should all know about!

***Ok, without the citric acid, after about a month my glasses started getting cloudy and spotty, so I ordered some and added 1/2 cup of the citric acid to the batch to help with the issue.

Reader Tips:
1. Someone even uses fruit drink mix (see comments below) because that has citric acid in it!
2. Another guy uses 1 TB of dry rice mixed in with the batch to help with the clumping and it is safe for your dishwasher.

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