Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

Making your own cleaning products is super easy and super cheap. Here's what you need to make Dishwasher Detergent and a Rinse Aid: 2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Baking Soda
4 small packets of sugar freelemonade Kool-Aid (you can also use 4 tablespoons of citric acid--if you can find it)
White Vinegar

Mix everything together by either dumping into a big bowl and stirring it really well or dumping it into a container with a lid and shaking it up. You can keep it in your lidded container or re-use your old detergent box.

I used this adorable thrifted glass jar because going green doesn't mean losing my sense of style.

Use 2 tablespoons per load. (1 tablespoon in the open cup and 1 in the closed locking cup) Pour some White Vinegar into your rinse aid receptacle and your glasses will come out sparkling! (If your dishes end up covered with a white residue, you probably have hard water and need to experiment with the amount of Borax to use.)

This batch of dishwashing soap cost me about 65 cents to make and it will last for about 100 loads of dishes. It took me less than 5 minutes to make and probably only took that long because I took pictures for you!

If you try this out, let us know how it worked for you and what adjustments you made. Maybe add what part of the world you live in so others near you can benefit from your discoveries. Thanks!

83 comments:

Jolene said...

I am amking my own tomarro actually! Not sure what to put it in though, I dont have any cute little jars. Not sure how I will like it, I am used to using the liquid cleaner! Oh and Im from NY

Jeana said...

Excellent! Please let us know how you like it.

lou said...

How much vinegar, or is that just a rinse aid?

Jeana said...

It's just a rinse aid so pour it to the fill line in your dishwasher rinse aid receptacle.

Anonymous said...

would this work for hand washing dishes?

Jeana said...

It probably won't make any suds and might feel really gritty on your hands. You could always try it and report back!

Anonymous said...

i'm going to experiment with a liquid form tomorrow for handwashing, i'll post if it works or not.

Dukkie said...

I looked and your Clean Green label and there were only 2 recipes. So here are 26 more Green Clean Recipe you can add to your site. I collected them over time from the net, library book, and mags. You are welcome to them.

Homemade Cleaners: How to Make all Natural Green Cleaners

Basic Ingredients Checklist
Baking Soda
Vinegar
Water
Lemon Juice
Ammonia
Salt
Borax
Vegetable or Olive Oil
Club Soda
Isopropyl Alcohol
Toothpaste
Spray Bottles

Tips Before You Get Started
 Mix in a well-ventilated area
 Label containers and store in a safe place
 Use containers with tight fitted lids
 Don't reuse old containers from other cleaners
 Don't mix bleach and ammonia. NEVER!
 Don't store in food containers
 Test an area before using any cleaner

Dusting
Re-use dryer sheets for dusting instead of the new Pledge or Swiffer cloths.

Linoleum Floor
Use club soda to clean

Fabric Softener
Add vinegar to the rinse cycle

Microwave Cleaner
Mix 2T baking soda or lemon juice and 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for five minutes or until the liquid boils and condensation builds up inside the microwave. Wipe down.

Chrome Cleaner
Toothpaste is great for cleaning chrome.

Dishwasher Rinse
1 1/2 white vinegar added to the rinse compartment of your dishwasher

The following recipes are safe and non-toxic:
Wood Floor Cleaner
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix well

All-Purpose Cleaner
1 tsp. borax
1/2 Tsp. washing soda
2 Tbl. lemon juice
In a spray bottle, combine the ingredients with 1 cup of hot water and shake.

Furniture Polish
In a spray bottle mix 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Shake well and apply a small amount to a cloth.

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1 gallon water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent
Shake to blend.

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar,
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and
2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
Combine in a spray bottle.
Shake to blend.

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Combine in a spray bottle.
Shake to blend.

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
To a gallon jug, add:
1 tsp dishwashing detergent (Dawn)
1 pint rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup ammonia
Top off the gallon with water

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
1/2 c. ammonia,
1/2 c. isopropyl rubbing alcohol
1/2 c. water.
Combine in a spray bottle.
Shake to blend.

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
2 parts ammonia
1 part rubbing alcohol
9 parts water

Multi-Purpose Deep Cleaner
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1 gallon warm water
Mix well

Generic Tilex (mix and use in a spray bottle)
1 part bleach
9 parts water
1 part Dawn Dish Soap (or brand with surfactants and NO ammonia)

Carpet Deodorizer
Fill a jar with baking soda. Add essential oil (your choice of fragrance and amount), one drop at a time. Stir so it doesn't clump. Sprinkle on carpet and leave for 10-20 minutes before vacuuming.

All Purpose Cleaners
These all purpose cleaners are convenient to use when placed in a spray bottle.
3 tsp liquid soap & one gallon water
1/4 cup vinegar & one gallon water
1/4 cup lemon juice & one gallon water
1/4 cup Borax & one gallon water

Disinfectant
1/4 cup Borax
1/2 gallon water
OR USE THIS RECIPE:
1 part bleach
9 parts water

Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle salt on spills immediately
Baking soda
Vinegar
Steel wool
Clean grease with rag and vinegar. Sprinkle salt on spills. Let it set for a few minutes, then scrape the spill and wash the area clean. For stubborn spots, use baking soda and steel wool.

Drain Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
Pour baking soda, then vinegar down drain. Close drain until bubbling stops. Pour boiling water. If the clog remains, use a plunger or snake. If all else fails, take the elbow off the pipe.

Mildew & Lime Deposit Remover
1/2 cup white vinegar
Warm water
1/2 cup Borax
Dissolve borax in water, add vinegar. Make a fresh batch for each use.

Ant Killer (NOT child safe!! Use any poison to kill insects with caution!!!)
Powdered Sugar
Borax
Combine in equal parts and sprinkle in places where they crawl.
(I mix with a water to make a thick liquid and dip and paper towel or 2 and softly wring out. Then put in in a glass jar with nail holes in the lid. This way the ants can climb in and out but your kiddo can't.)


Microwave Cleaner
Place 2 small, medium lemons (cut in half)with a cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes and remove bowl. Wipe out microwave. The same thing can be accomplished with equal parts water and white vinegar (but lemons smell better). If your microwave is encrusted with lots of food residue that is old, it won't be so easy the first time.

My favorite are the carpet deoderizer, microwave cleaner, and the drain cleaner. It's a wonderful example for kids on how science is useful in daily experiences.

Have good green fun!
Dukkie

P.S. I would like to include a warning to all.

Please remember NEVER mix Bleach and Ammonia. It creates chlorine gas which was used as a chemical weapon during World War I and later by Nazi Germany in World War II.

What happens to your respiratory system when you inhale chlorine gas is the gas tears into your nasal passages, trachea, and lungs by causing massive cellular damage. Obviously, chlorine gas causes a very painful death.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/classic/A795611

jd said...

I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say thank you for writing it! I'm planning to make some dishwasher detergent, based on this recipe, tomorrow.

I've been waiting until my last bit of store-bought stuff was used up, and it looks like the time has finally arrived...

I'll let you know how it turns out - thanks again!

PS I'm so glad to have discovered your fantastic blog. I'm adding you to my blogroll right now :)

C and G said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting JD! We're glad that you found something useful!

Robbin said...

This recipe (like all the others for the dishwasher that I have found online and in books) leaves a fine white residue on my dishes and they are not clean (food bits) as well.

I've even tried tweaking the balances but still end up with the same result. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Jeana said...

Sorry to hear that Robbin! It works well for me...One of my friends uses LemiShine instead of kool-aid and says that solved the white residue problem for her. I wish I had more suggestions for you.

Margie said...

What are the measurments when you are using the Lemishine? I just got everything and I want to make it. So excited.

groovymom2000 said...

Just made a small batch of the dishwasher detergent. I used citric acid, left over from a long ago bath fizzy experiment. I have never had a lot of luck with homemade dishwasher detergents, but this one worked great. So far, no residue and things were clean. I am in SC, and have fairly hard water. Thanks!

Jeana said...

@Margie, my friend uses 2 tbs of Lemishine. Let us know if it works for you!

@groovymom, that's great to hear! I've used citric acid, too and had good results. But I've found it's more expensive than Kool-Aid in my area.

Roxanne said...

Sorry to sound ignorant, but what is LemiShine, and what isle do look in to find it?

Jeana said...

LemiShine is a product that's supposed to remove hard water build up in your dishwasher. Here's a link so you can see what the bottle looks like. It's usually in the same aisle as dishwasher detergent and rinse aids.

https://envirocontech.com/1-888-336-2582/LemiShine/hardwaterexpert.html

Craig Richard Nelson said...

If there is still a powder on the glasses due to hard water, do I wnat to use MORE or LESS Borax?

Miss Elizabeth said...

Can't wait to start making my dish detergent @ home. We made a batch of laundry detergent a few months back and LOVE it.

jenniferjuniper said...

OK- the only thing I don't understand is the sugar free kool aid part. I don;t like the chemicals in that stuff. Can I leave it out? And what is the purpose of it?

jenniferjuniper said...

Oh, and does it have to be that flavor of Kool ade? All those type of kool ades have citric acid as the first ingredient.

joleek said...

I tried this the other day and love it! I added the LemiShine instead of the Kool-Aid. I was using the Seventh Generation pods, but they kept leaving white reside all over everything. This left none of that and the glasses were so shiny!

drmongoose said...

People should not fear citric acid it is in many of the foods we eat. Some may have a sensitivity to it.You cant eat citrus with out receiving citric acid.

Anonymous said...

BORAX IS TOXIC!!
Please do not use for dishwashing.. the film left on your plate from the dishwashing will be digested once heated food hits the plate.

Boron, a valuable trace metal in foods and soils, is quite toxic in excess. In fact, it is so toxic that it can be used as a herbicide. Borax itself is also quite toxic, which means that safe handling and storage are imperative. It's toxic enough to kill ants, fleas and cockroaches and other unwanted insect life.


Its effects upon the environment are not yet well documented but it can be toxic to aquatic life if too concentrated. It is regarded by the Australian government as a low threat to the environment but a moderate threat to health.

Jeana said...

This is a comment found on this website: http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/dishwasherpowder regarding the toxicity of Borax.

Toxic is as toxic does." Here's exactly what Wikipedia has to say:

Boric acid, sodium borate, and sodium perborate are estimated to have a fatal dose from 0.1 to 0.5g/kg.[5] These substances are toxic to all cells, and have a slow excretion rate through the kidneys. Kidney toxicity is the greatest, with liver fatty degeneration, cerebral edema, and gastroenteritis. Boric acid solutions used as an eye wash or on abraded skin are known to be especially toxic to infants, especially after repeated use due to its slow elimination rate.

Example: a 40-lb child is 18.1 kg, which means a fatal dose of borax would be between 1.81 and 9.5 g. That means that child would have to consume about a half-teaspoon to two teaspoons of straight, non-dilute borax, assuming a kid would eat something that nasty-tasting (keeping in mind that as nasty as it is, kids are weird). Of course, you don't keep household cleaners--any household cleaners, including baking soda--where your kid could reach them, right? RIGHT? And it would take a lot less, say, bleach, to severely injure or kill a child that size with a lot greater harm to the environment in general.

If you go to PesticideInfo.org, you'll see that borax is considered neither acutely toxic nor a likely carcinogen. That website is run by the Pesticide Action Network North America, which keeps an exhaustive database of environmental toxins.

Bottom line: Borax is a problem if you repeatedly expose someone, especially small someones, *directly* to it, usually as a strong solution applied to the skin or eyes. Otherwise, washing dishes and clothes with it is not a big deal; it rinses away and doesn't compromise the environment.

Lynn Siprelle, Editor

LaVonne said...

You need to use the lemon flavored Kool-aid because the other flavors will dye your dishwasher.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try it!!

andy anarchist said...

I just adjust the mix to be vesatile and strong enough to meet all my needs.I took 1 cup baking soda 1 cup borax 1 bar of soap grated 1half cup lye 1half cup potash. 1/4 cup epsom salts. 2 1/2 gallons water boiling. dislove bar soap in boiling water and remove from heat. let cool for 10 minutes and ad remaining ingrediants. Stir till all dissolve.I use one half cup of this for a large load and increase a bit due to increase in soil content. I had cats scent marking my throw rugs. and this cleaned them up and knocked out the odor of the cats scenting too. I also add one third of this mix to a cheap bottle of dollar store type dish washing liquid. It boosts its cleaning power through the roof, and you still get the suds. It is also a good wall and floor cleaner.

Rachel said...

I couldn't find the lemon Kool-Aid packets. Can I use a generic lemonade mix? Does it matter if it isn't sugar-free?

andy anarchist said...

To rachael,
The lemonade is more for fragrance I believe. Dont think brand really matters that much. the acid in it may assist rinsing.actually it is a ll pretty bio friendly and biodegradable.

Rachel said...

I did find the Kool-Aid packets finally and made a batch, but there is a cloudy film/residue on everything. Any suggestions? And I am using vinegar as a rinse aid.

Robbin said...

I made one batch and added citric acid (rather than Kool-Aid) but it was still filmy. I continue trying! Please post, Rachel, if you find the right combination.

andy anarchist said...

We might have a water hardness issue here that is causing the problem. some may add a bit of salt to see if it helps.

Rachel said...

I'll try the salt. We live in New England though and I don't think we have very hard water. So, I don't know what it is. I was hoping that this would work since it's so inexpensive and easy, and because I haven't found another regular dishwashing detergent that I like. I'll post again once I try the salt.

Shannon said...

Having the same problem with the notorious film. Using citric acid and salt and situation hasn't improved. And I don't have hard water. That's too bad because I really want this to work!

Rachel said...

Yes, I finally had to break down and buy some store detergent. My husband was complaining of a bad taste from the film on the glasses. If anyone figures out a fix, post here. I really wanted this to work too. :(

Steffi said...

I am going to try it! And here is a tip a repairman told me: Fill the main compartment w/detergent but then sprinkle the other on the door instead of in the pre-wash cup. It gets the detergent working right away. Set dishwasher to air dry mode, and if possible when done washing, open the door and pull out racks to let dishes air dry. This prevents spots! It works great and saves a lot of energy!

Liz said...

Thanks so much! I get so tired of spending so much on dishwashing det.! this is going to be great! ;)

Liz
www.purplepajamas.com

suzannah @ so much shouting/laughter said...

i need to make some of this tonight. i've read, tho, that it needs to be washing soda, not baking soda to prevent the streaking and film.

Shelly said...

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! I just made my second batch tonight and I love that it cost me less than $1!

Rockabeauty said...

I used this after making chili... I was astounded! I have no streaking, no film, no nothing. I did not use the citric acid, and used the walmart brand unsweetened Kool Aid. I did use the vinegar as my rinse aid. I used 2 tbsp and I DID NOT put it in the closed cup, just threw it on the door of my dishwasher...much like I would throw those expensive dish tabs. Impressed.

Turtle Girl said...

Hi...I am very sad to say that after 6 attempts with using homemade dishwasher detergent I am giving up. BUT......I dont' want to throw it away and now I want to see if there is anything else I can use it for. Currently it has 2 cups borax, 2 cups washing soda, 4 packets lemonade, 1/2 fruit fresh, 1 cup kosher salt and 1 cup Lemishine. Does anyone have any reccomendations of other uses for this concoction? Help!

zookeeper05 said...

If anyone is looking for the citric acid. Amazon now has a 5 lb tub on sale! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0017WFX6G/ref=nosim/debtfreeadventure-20

LOVE, LOVE, this recipe and I added salt to my experiment and it works great! Thanks so much for posting!

dr sardonicus said...

I get my Citric Acid at the following link. they have good price for what you get. We make bath bombs with it. LOL.

http://www.soapcrafters.com/natural_citric_acid

Jenn said...

sorry dr s is me... or my hubby... did not realize he was logged on.

film reside... you use one teaspoon of this mixture not what your dishwasher recommends. I add 1/4 cup of coarse salt or sea salt (take the sea salt in a separate container and add 15 drops of lemon essential oil and shake vigorously then add to mix)the sea salt gives the mix an abrasive to knock the food and film and gunk off. The build up is because your using too much of the homemade product.

homemade products are more concentrated than what we purchase in the stores. We need to be very careful. I get about 58 load out of my mixture or was it 68... I do so many loads!

hope that helps!

emerrube said...

I'm really wanting to make my own dishwasher soap, but my husband thinks it'll make us sick. Not that I've found anything that says you can get sick (unless you directly taste borax). any suggestions on changing his mind?

Frugal Homemaker said...
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Frugal Homemaker said...

to emerrube: Point out to your husband that commercial cleaners contain chemicals and ingredients that you can't even pronounce, some of which are carcinogenic! At least with making your own cleaners and products, you know what you're using. If he still won't budge, offer to rinse your dishes a second time to remove any residue (and as someone else pointed out, if you have film on your dishes decrease the amount of detergent you're using until it goes away) Good luck!

lynda said...

this looks great... we already make our own laundry soap and I love it. Can I use your idea and give you credit on my Preparedness site? Lynda (BePreparedUniversity.com)

sandhiya said...

Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!

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Anonymous said...

I wonder if the water temperature could be related to the problems some folks are reporting. When my kids were young, we lowered the temp on our hot water tank to reduce the risk of scalding and save energy...and had similar problems with the dishwasher and the washing machine. If you don't have a dishwasher that boosts the hot water temp, check the water temp setting on the hot water heater. The temp should be 120 or 140, depending on the source, for the dishwasher to begin the cleaning process, 140 to remove food soiling, and 155 to sanitize and remove bacteria. (In restaurants they boost the dishwasher temperature to 180 degrees to satisfy health requirements.)

Lynda said...

We made the dishwasher soap.. love it. Someone suggested they've taken the phosphate our of dishwashing soap (for environmental reasons).. but turn the hot water temp up or leave in the phosphate.. all the same.
The homemade dishwasher soap is under 2¢ a load.. (like 1.4) and works great.
Love your site.. thanks for the visit
Lynda..
(www.BePreparedUniversity.com

Chrissy said...

Found this on Pinterest. LOVE THIS IDEA! cannot wait to try it out!

I also featured this on my blog:
http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-make-your-own-dishwasher.html

Thank you for your inspiration!

Chrissy

Lynda said...

love your dishwasher detergent.. My hubby added a bit of TSP to ours.. (available at building supply stores like Home Depot and ACE.. it is the Tri-sodium Phosphate to cut grease.. Cheap.. a Tablespoon in 2 qts of detergent. Lynda

BlogShag said...

This is exciting. My husband thought I was nuts till he noticed how much money he was saving on cleaning supplies by not buying the non-eco friendly commercially available stuff and letting me make them instead with simple products that have been around for centuries.

The most interesting thing is, they seem to work just as well or better.

prolix said...

It so good and cheap also.I liked very much
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Kimm said...

I use this recipe, but use washing soda instead of the baking soda. I originally had added salt, but it left a residue on my glasses. I use 1 tablespoon of the mixture (borax, washing soda, lemonade packet) and have vinegar in the rinse. We have been using it for over 6 months and will never go back. :)

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twin dagger turkey said...

Tried your recipe this afternoon. It was so easy to make and my dishes turned out spotless! Seems to work really well with Georgia water. Thanks!

Lindsey said...

I just found this blog through pinterest...I'm SO glad I found you!!

peggy said...

can't wait to try it ... making tonight Thanks

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight and it worked *so* well!! I only used 2 packets of Kool-Aid since I lost 2 somehow...lol! I imagine the dishes would smell a bit more lemon-y had I used the other packs, but this did not adversely affect the cleaning ability :)

I can't wait to finish our tide laundry detergent so that I can try to make that as well!!

Anonymous said...

Made the dishwasher detergent LOVE it!!Works great and lots cheaper. I live in NC. THANK YOU

Diana said...

going shopping soon for eveything I need to make laundry and dish washer deturgent. Can' wait to try it. Also want to make bath soap. Was wondering if anyone used vinger as a laundry softener. What about stadic cling? Nashville Tennessee.

Anonymous said...

Diana,
I bought a Downey dispeser - new at a thrift stor for under a dollar - and use vineger instead of the fabric softner, works great.

I too made an error, like Kim, I used washing soda instead of baking soda in the dishwasher recipe.I made a small batch to see if it worked I was amazed how well it did. I used a 1/2 cup each Boraxo and Washingsoda 1/4 c Kosher salt & 4 Tablespoons citric acid. Do you know of any problem sticking with this substitution?
Dawn

mingey said...

I love this dishwasher detergent and will not to back to store bought. I live in MN and had problems with white film on dishes from store bought detergent but i am not having those problems with this stuff!!! can't wait to try the laundry detergent as well. I also use lemishine instead of kool aid if i don't have any kool aid on hand, and vinegar as the rinse aid. thanks so much for the recipe!!

Hopes And Dreams Studio said...

Newest follower here. Thanks for the recipe for the dishwasher. I make my own laundry soap already. Tomorrow will be my first batch of dishwasher soap. Thanks again,
Jacque

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipi.

I put 2 tbs like it said in the washer cup and some in the outside cup.. and the vinigar in the rise cup.

the powder just clumped up. and did not disolve. what did I do wrong?

Chris said...

I have been using the Dishwashing Detergent for a couple of months. I really like it and the $$$ it saves, however, I started to notice that my silver is starting to "pit" or have spots where the outer silvery layer has spots where it is gone! I thought maybe it was the Kool-aid, so stopped using that, but I am not sure it has stopped happening. Anyone have any ideas what's causing this problem? Thanks for input, Chris in Vt.

mel said...

Is there a recipe for all natural clothes stain remover that could be used in a spray bottle? Maybe I missed it? Thanks

Anonymous said...

In the first recipe anyone reading it might make the mistake of adding the vinegar to the mix

Anonymous said...

If you have a hard water issue get some Lemishine, available in grocery store by dishwasher detergent, put in the bottom of your dishwasher first before running

Anonymous said...

I saw one commenter mention lye. Please do not use lye in you dishwashe on glass dishes, even pyrex. It corrodes and etches the glass over time causing them to break or burst just sitting in the cupboard. see this link:

http://events.nace.org/library/corrosion/Household/Glass.asp

my suburban homestead said...

I've tried this recipe and it does not work for me. After studying how the dishwasher detergents are made, I've determined that the "enzymes" listed on the label of commercial DW detergent boxes are necessary. Now, if anyone could tell me how to get these "enzymes" I can figure out how to mix up the rest.

mel said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Glad I found this- dishes look NEW!

I want to experiment with this to see if i can make it liquid though...

Anonymous said...

For the poster above looking to stop static cling- Add a ball of aluminum foil to the dryer with the clothes. Works great for us.

LADYP said...

here's a place to buy citric acid
http://www.bulkapothecary.com/citricacid.htm?gclid=CI6rls-xprECFYS6KgodsGLBDw

LADYP said...

here's a place to buy citric acid online:
http://www.bulkapothecary.com/citricacid.htm?gclid=CI6rls-xprECFYS6KgodsGLBDw

Teri said...

I live in Southeast Arizona and we're on a well so our water is REALLY hard. I made this recipe without the citric acid. I was getting the horrible cloudy film on my glass wear and was ready to give up because I wasn't aware that adjusting the borax would help!! Clearly, I need less borax!! I'm going to add more baking soda and the Kool Aid and see if I can figure this out!! Thanks for the advice!! I'll keep you posted!!

Holly said...

Just a quick question..... Dishwasher soap recipe calls for borax. And also ant killer recipe calls for borax, but that recipe has a poison warning on it. if there is a poison warning im not sure i would want to use it on my dishes.

Anonymous said...

Also you can make fabric softener like this:

Homemade Fabric Softener
2 cups cheap hair conditioner
3 cups white vinegar
6 cups warm water

I personally have made this and it is amazing. You get to choose your scents by what you like. I made mine about 3 months ago and still have some left(I do at least 4 loads a day)

Anonymous said...

Bleach is extremely toxic and classified as a pesticide, toxic to the environment and people, whether diluted or not, and never 'green'. Hydrogen peroxide is much safer.

Meg said...

I'm trying to figure out your math...how do you get 100 loads out of 36 Tbsp of product (16 Tbsp each of borax and baking soda and 4 Tbsp citric acid) if you use 2 Tbsp per load? I'm thinking this would be 18 loads, not 100. Also, is it supposed to be baking soda or washing soda? Both have been mentioned in this feed.