|DIY and save money!|
I want to use natural products and I have found some things that I really do love like the Shaklee products or even some natural products I've found at Walmart. However, it can get really pricey so I decided to go in search of a good recipe to use for my dishes.
Homemade Dish Soap
This is my version of a few recipes I found online on different blogs and sites that I follow. If you are not used to using homemade products you will notice that they do not suds up much or for very long. This does not mean that it isn't doing its job. It simply means the chemical that makes many liquid soaps do this (which by the way is NOT actually cleaning better - just making you feel better about it) are not present in homemade natural dish soap.
You will Need:
2 cups boiling water
1 bar of castile soap grated
1 1/2 tbsp washing soda
10-30 drops essential oil (I like grapefruit for its antibacterial properties)
A squirt of natural dish soap for suds*
Homemade Dishwasher tabs
You will need:
2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
1/2 cup Espsom salt
1/2 cup vinegar
15-20 drops essential oil (I used grapefruit to match my dish soap)
2 or 3 ice cube trays
a container to store your tabs in
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. It will clump together.
Mush the mixture into your ice cube trays. Mine filled two and a half trays. Let them sit over night until COMPLETELY dry. I left mine sit for about 24 hours.
Gently empty out the trays as you would ice. Store in a container for later use!
To use: Place 1 cube in your dishwasher soap hatch. If the load is extremely messy you might need to use 2 tabs. If they don't fit, just crush them a bit. I also add vinegar in the rinse aid section of my dishwasher to give it added rinsing power. I do not use dish soap on my cubes as the original recipe suggests. I feel it gets the job done just fine without it.
I did a test run with a very dirty load. I did not rinse any of the dishes first. Don't you hate washing your dishes before the dishwasher washes them?!
(There was one plate with a crusty on it - I would have normally scraped it off before putting it in the dishwasher. The other two bowls had caked food on them and came out perfect!)
I hope this helps for those of you who are penny pinching DIYourselfers like me!! Happy Cleaning. :)