Homemade Dishwashing Solutions

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In 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 <a title=”The Naturally Clean Home” href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/store/product/the-naturally-clean-home” target=”_blank”>The Naturally Clean Home</a> by Karyn Siegel-Maier.</p>
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<em>Read a discussion of the </em>
<a title=”possible health effects of borax” href=”http://www.enviroblog.org/2011/02/borax-not-the-green-alternative-its-cracked-up-to-be.html” target=”_blank”>possible health effects of borax</a>.</p>
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<strong>Super-Easy Automatic Dishwasher Powder</strong>
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<p>Because it stores so well, this formula can be doubled or made in bulk.</p>
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<em>2 cups washing soda<br />1 cup borax<br />1 cup baking soda</em>
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<p>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.</p>
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<strong>Citrus Sparkle Automatic Dishwasher Powder</strong>
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<p>Citric acid (sometimes labeled “sour salt”) is available in powdered form from many health food stores, stores that cater to homebrewers of beer and wine, soap-making supply outlets, and various online sources.</p>
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<em>2 cups washing soda<br />2 cups borax<br />6 tbsp citric acid powder<br />25 drops grapefruit essential oil</em>
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<p>Combine all ingredients in a plastic container or tub and mix completely. Use 2 tablespoons of the blend per load of dishes.</p>
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<strong>Herbal Liquid Dishwashing Blend</strong>
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<p>Plant essential oils provide a chemical-free fragrance. Enjoy this nontoxic, leafy-fresh scent as you scrub!</p>
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<em>Liquid soap<br />10 drops lavender essential oil<br />8 drops rosemary essential oil<br />4 drops eucalyptus essential oil</em>
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<p>Fill a clean, 22-ounce plastic squirt bottle with liquid soap (diluted according to directions if using concentrate). Add the essential oils. Shake the bottle before each use. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the liquid to dishwater and wash as usual.</p>
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<em>Photo by Fotolia/robynmac</em>
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<a title=”Megan Hirt” href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/biographies/megan-hirt” target=”_self”>Megan Hirt</a>
<em>is an Associate Editor for</em> MOTHER EARTH NEWS. <em>Find her on</em>
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