I've posted several recipes for making your own household and beauty products. One of the products that has been giving me a bit of trouble is the dishwashing detergent. I've tried a few different things but still had that white film all over my dishes. Well, I found a solution: Kool-Aid. Let me explain.
I've been doing some research into rinsing agents, what works and what doesn't. A really good rinsing agent is citric acid. Citric acid is useful in sprouting, canning, drying or freezing. It can be used to preserve Vitamin C content, retard spoilage by bacterial growth and prevent discoloration. You can buy citric acid in powder form or you can get citric acid from Lemonade Kool-Aid. I chose to go with the Dollar General generic (Clover Valley) at 10 packs for $1.00. I figured it's $1.00 (I already had the other ingredients), why not give it a try?
I reluctantly put the ingredients in the dishwasher, shut the door and waited for the end of the cycle. When I came back, with Hubby by my side, we opened the door and guess what we saw? Sparkling clean dishes! Finally! This is the one area that Hubby was having a hard time with. He'd OFTEN say, "If you want to switch back to store bought dishwasher detergent, I wouldn't mind." Poor Love. He's been so patient and supportive.
Here's the recipe, in case you want to wow your husband (or wife. or cat. whatever.) with your dishwasher detergent skills:
1/2 c borax
1/2 c washing soda (not baking soda)
15 packs of lemonade Kool-Aid (or generic kool-aid like stuff)
1/4 c salt
Mix all of the ingredients together in a container. Give it a good shake. Use 1 tbsp per load.
A few notes about the recipe:
- Just use the packets of kool-aid. Don't make the drink with the water and the sugar and then add it.
- The next day, you may find your mixture has hardened. That's the citric acid. Just give it a good scrape with a spoon to loosen it up before scooping it into the dishwasher.
- If you want, you can add white vinegar to the rinse compartment. I didn't do this, but you can if you want to. I didn't actually have a need to. But if it makes you feel better or you find that you can't live without white vinegar, go for it.
- Don't use colorful drink mix, it will stain your dishes and the inside of your dishwasher. Stick with the light colored ones.
- For added scent put 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the detergent container. Mix well. If you don't want to commit to the whole container, just add a couple drops into your detergent compartment after you put 1 tbsp of detergent.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can buy all of these things at the grocery store. You may spend a few more dollars to start, but these ingredients last forever! You'll definitely get a return on your investment.
Enjoy your clean dishes! I'll hopefully be posting my deodorant recipe soon. I'm so close to perfecting it!
Thanks for stopping by,