Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent--It's Easy!

6/13/2011 5:59:34 PM

Tags: DIY dishwasher detergent, make your own dishwasher detergent, homemade dishwasher detergent, Organic Authority, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailI’m always on the lookout for new ways to make my own green cleaners, and Organic Authority is always a good source. As Elizah Leigh points out in “DIY Automatic Dishwasher Soap That’s Naturally Effective,” making your own dishwasher detergent—and saying good bye to the chemicals found in expensive conventionally manufactured automatic dishwasher detergents –is ridiculously simple. All you really need are a few basic ingredients to get your dishes, utensils and glassware sparkling clean.

 

Powdered Dishwasher Detergent 

1 cup borax 

1 cup baking soda or washing soda

Mix ingredients in a container with a removable, snap-top lid. Add 2 tablespoons per load along with a splash of white vinegar in the rinse chamber of your dishwasher to prevent spots and/or residue. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil (naturally antiseptic tea tree oil is an excellent choice) as an optional finishing touch.

Liquid Dishwasher Detergent 

2 cups vegetable-based castile soap (such as Vermont Soap Organics or Dr. Bronner’s)

½ cup water

½ cup white vinegar 

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3 drops essential oil of your choice

Pour ingredients into a recycled plastic bottle with a squirt-top and shake until thoroughly incorporated. Before using, shake liquid well and measure out 2 tablespoons per load.

dishwasher 

Making your own dishwasher detergent takes seconds--and saves money.  



Related Content

The Environmental Hypocrisy of Paper Diapers

Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.

Sun Powers More Than Rice Fields

Lundberg Family Farms announces the opening of a new warehouse that is powered by 100% solar energy....

Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent--for Pennies

This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.

As States Ban Dishwasher Detergents with Phosphates, American Cleaning Institute Calls for Voluntary Removal

Sixteen states have banned the sale of dishwasher detergents with high phosphate levels, and the Ame...

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.