Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Does anyone out there know of a safer and less expensive dishwashing machine soap? I'm interested in what it's made from so I might make my own.
I found that Wal-Mart store brand (Sam's) dishwasher soap or Costco store brand (Kirkland) works just as well as the expensive name brand. Costco's is the cheapest at 2.6 cents an ounce and Wal-Mart's is 3.1 cents an ounce. The name brand is about 5 or 6 cents an ounce. At first I was afraid to switch because I was worried that store brands wouldn't get my dishes as clean, but I decided to give it a try. I knew if the store brand didn't work I could take it back for a refund. Both Wal-Mart and Costco have a satisfaction guarantee so if you aren't happy you can get your money back.
I make my own soap by using 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and 1/2 cup Borax 20 Mule Team. I use about 2 tablespoons in the dishwasher compartment. I've also added Citric Acid (from either canning products or tang) if needed. To tell if Citric Acid is needed, look at your silverware. If it seems to be a little gray then check your dishwasher book and it will tell you what to add and how much. My silverware has actually been sparklier with this than the expensive dishwasher tabs.
When I run out of dishwasher soap and since I live 4 miles from the nearest town, I use bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt. I think in America you call it baking soda. For the rinse bowl you can put in a wee spot of lemon juice, not too much, for a fresh smell.
Liquid Detergent is very easy to make at home. It does not involve much work. It works out very economical to make your own liquid detergent.
The following ingredients are required to make your own dishwasher liquid:
Multi-purpose liquid detergent is ready for use. Although natural color is pale yellow to slightly reddish, you may add colors and/or perfume. Generally water-soluble perfumes are used for this purpose. The color should be food color.
The easiest way I know to find a lot of formulas and make your choice would be to call the local Public Library or a college library and ask them if they have "The Chemical Formulary."
Once you find a library which has it, visit them and look in the Index for Dishwasher soap, shampoo, etc, basically, anything you want to make for yourself. Select a few of the "recipes" and try them out. Be careful and read any warnings carefully. Once you get the hang of it, you may start making all kinds of things.
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