The Buta Pages: Dishwasher Detergent

Certainly not a food recipe but a useful one all the same. I try hard to keep chemicals out of my home as I am very sensitive to them yet I often have to use them because I haven’t found good substitutes. This recipe, however, has brought me much success and is very inexpensive compared to its commercial brethren. It also helps that I keep the ingredients on hand for other household tasks. Washing Soda and Borax can be found in the laundry section of most hardware stores and grocery stores. Fruit Fresh can be found next to the pectin in any store that carries canning supplies.

Dishwasher Detergent

1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/4 cup Kosher Salt
1/4 cup Fruit Fresh or 2 packets unsweetened Lemonade Kool-Aid Mix
Liquid Dish Soap or Liquid Dr. Bonner’s Soap (I prefer unscented soaps for dishes)
White Vinegar

Combine all the dry ingredients together in a jar that can be closed tightly.

To use, place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mix in the detergent compartment of the dishwasher along with 3 drops of liquid dish soap or liquid Dr. Bonner’s Soap – no more than three drops!. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher then run the machine on any cycle you wish. If my dishwasher is really full with dirty dishes, I go with the 2 tablespoons of mix and 1 cup of vinegar. Otherwise, I use the minimum.

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