Are you ready to trade your over-priced and chemical-laden dishwasher detergent for something better? Then, try this simple recipe for homemade detergent. Besides the expense, the pungent scents used in commercial dishwasher detergents can irritate those with allergies and are probably unnecessary. Some people have found the simple Borax and baking soda recipe leaves a film on their dishes. This recipe uses washing soda instead of baking soda, and adds citric acid and salt, which can be more effective at getting dishes and glasses clean.
- Make washing soda (sodium carbonate) from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour about half an inch of baking soda on the bottom of the baking dish, and bake for one hour, stirring once or twice, until it changes from silky and powdery to more grainy in texture. Let cool and store in an airtight jar, labeled “washing soda.”
- Combine one cup of washing soda with the remaining ingredients (1 cup Borax, ½ cup kosher salt, ½ cup unsweetened lemonade mix, and up to 10 drops of essential oil) in an airtight container, such as a large mason jar. Label it “dishwasher detergent.”
“Homemade dishwasher detergents work better when you rinse stubborn food off first.”