Homemade Dishwashing Solutions


DIY Dishwashing SolutionsIn a recent poll on our home page, we asked readers which cleaning product they’d most like to find a homemade alternative for. Nearly half of the respondents named dishwashing formula as their most desired DIY cleaner. We aim to please, so here are three dish de-griming recipes from the book The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier.

Read a discussion of the possible health effects of borax.

Super-Easy Automatic Dishwasher Powder 

Because it stores so well, this formula can be doubled or made in bulk.

2 cups washing soda
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and store in a plastic container. To use, add about 2 tablespoons to the soap compartment of your dishwasher. If you find your dishes developing residue, reduce this amount to 1 1⁄2 tablespoons.

7/5/2015 1:12:14 PM

I make and sell soap and have been studying the process for 10 years. Natural soap is a chemical reaction between lye (sodium hydroxide if its a bar soap or potassium hydroxide if its a liquid soap) and animal or vegetable fats. The lye molecule splits and the vegetable fat splits and they recombine. The result is a sodium (or potassium) salt and glycerin. Commercial manufacturers of bar soap remove the glycerin and sell it off as a byproduct (which is why buying hand crafted bar soap is better - we hand crafters leave in that lovely glycerin). So calling something a "glycerine soap" is a bit of a misnomer. It's often used to describe clear soaps, which is confusing. Dr. Bronners liquid soap is a true soap with the retained glycerin. Dr. Bronners Sal Suds (which isn't a new product, I have a bottle under my sink that I've had for at least 10 years) is made with synthetic detergents. Honestly, nothing is wrong with either one. Most liquid soaps are going to WAY overfoam in your dishwasher and make a huge mess. Want a good auto dish detergent? Look for one that doesn't contain bleach or phosphates. I personally think trying to make your own is folly. Having food digesting enzymes in there is a GOOD thing. As for essential oils, if you put them in the wrong kind of plastic container - say a red SOLO cup for example - they will eat right through the bottom. I learned this the hard way while making soap once. In other words, they are very concentrated and chemically active. Granted, only a few drops are being used, so probably no big deal, but don't take their power for granted. Commenters, be careful of the use of the words "toxic" and "chemical" and "natural". We all have our own definitions in our head, and they aren't all that regulated. Water is a chemical. Salt is a chemical. Drinking too much water can actually kill you by messing up your electrolyte balance. Define these terms, or don't use them. Otherwise, its just misleading fear mongoring. This would have been a much better article if they had taken these recipes and had 10 people test each one for a month and report back their results. Come on M.E.N. You can do better.

Linda Stark
7/4/2012 3:07:39 PM

I couldn't get it to work either

Therese Lott
7/4/2012 2:46:56 PM

Link does work maybe you didn't highlight the whole thing because it is on two lines there.

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. 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 $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters