I know many of use these days look for ways to save money on normal, frequently used products. One method is to make your own dishwasher detergent. It’s nice to know exactly what is being used on your dishes.
Are dishwashers eco-friendly? The latest studies indicate that dishwashers manufactured in the last ten years are very energy-efficient. If you only run the dishwasher when it is full and do not pre-wash the dishes before you place them in the dishwasher, the machine uses about 50 percent less electrical energy and about 80 percent less water. Therefore, using a dishwasher is often eco-friendly. If you only have a few dishes, however, wash them by hand in the sink.
Whether you choose to make your own dishwasher detergent or use a commercial product, you need to clean out the machine at least once a month so that it continues to work properly. If your dishes are not getting totally clean, it may be because the dishwasher itself needs to be cleaned.
Over time, bits of food particles and grease can build up in the appliance. Additionally, given the warm, moist environment, mold and mildew and bacteria can form around the seal.
This scenario led me to a beautiful accident of creating my own dishwasher detergent. I would like to share this recipe.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe
- 1 ½ cups citric acid
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup coarse salt
- Mix all the ingredients together, then allow to set an hour until bubbling starts to appear in the mixture.
- When the bubbling begins, start stirring it well. Begin spooning it into ice cube trays evenly. Pack down the mixture lightly. Every now and then, dampen it with your hands (have your hands dipped in water) and then proceed tamping each puck down. If the shape doesn’t quite fit in your machine, they can also be simply tossed into the bottom of the machine.
- In about an hour, fizzing of the pucks will start to happen. It will then turn into hard pucks. Popp them out of the trays, and break the hard edges off so they will fit into the soap container in the dishwasher.
- Store these pucks in a container that is tightly sealed. Remember to use one puck for each load.
Whether you are concerned about the health of our waterways or are merely trying to keep your septic system working properly, it is a good idea to choose a dishwasher detergent that does not contain toxic ingredients.
Using too much dishwasher detergent, whether it is commercial or otherwise, will make your dishes dull and dingy. My very efficient dishwasher requires only one tablespoon of detergent. If your dishwasher has a detergent dispenser and a rinse dispenser, fill the rinse dispenser with vinegar to help prevent mineral buildup on your dishes and glassware. It gives a nice shine to glassware.
Make your own dishwasher detergent really is a simple and inexpensive way to cut some daily expenses.
Until next time,
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