The appliances like automatic dishwashers, microwave ovens and others like them are apparently eccentric things but have one thing in common-they meet our instant needs. After all… we don’t want to wait for something which we can have done right here and right now? The essence of living in modern day comforts is that we don’t even need to break a sweat in order to have access to unlimited goods and services that make our life incredibly easy.
Life hasn’t been like this since always. Stories are plentiful, which our elders narrate, of only a few decades ago, how they had to hand-wash the dirty dishes produced by their large households. If we look back now from where we are standing, washing dishes by hand is a awful scenario and our predecessors had to do it every day of their life. How’s that for miserable?
You might be thinking of a sales pitch here, statements like though modern day conveniences are one thing but doing something yourself is the real deal. Although I could offer you numerous reasons on how making your own dishwasher detergent will benefit the planet, as I am a frantic go green advocate, I won’t. I will simply want to show you how switching from conventionally produced dishwasher soap to homemade dishwashing detergent will have a positive change on your life.
Don’t take me as a big supporter of DIY services, but the real cause of posting this article is to spread awareness about the poisonous ingredients which come with the conventional dishwasher detergents. Sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate are generally discovered in commercially produced detergents. These two are thought to actuate health problems. So better not tempt fate? Once you have deduced how easy it is to make homemade version of dishwasher detergent you will not only turn into a passionate user but will also persistently advocate it among your friends and family.
So let’s get started. The whole recipe contains nothing but few basic ingredients.
Liquid Based Recipe
Pour the following ingredients in a spray bottle and shake it till you feel that a uniform liquid has been formed.
- Castile Soap (like Vermont Soap Organics) 2 Cups
- Water Half Cup
- White Vinegar Half Cup
- Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon
- Essential Oil 3 Drops
Before each use, shake the detergent’s bottle well and pour just 2 tablespoons per load.
Powder Based Recipe
Mix the following two ingredients in a container which supports a lid.
- Borax 1 Cup
- Either washing soda or Baking Powder 1 Cup
That’s all! Now each time you use dishwasher just add 2 tablespoons per load with a small quantity of white vinegar in the rinse chamber of dishwasher to prevent residue and/or spot forming.