I really like the cleaning power of this powder. My dishes come out clean and have no film on them, which is really saying something since I have really hard well water and it is sometimes a challenge to get the mixture right. I use a small scoop (2 TBSP) in my open cup and another 1/2 scoop in my closed container. The kitchen always smells so good when I am running my dishwasher!
Let's get this started so you can start saving money and keeping your home cooler!
Homemade Dishwasher Powder
|4 Parts Washing Soda 2 cups|
|1 part Citric Acid 5# spicy world - 1/2 Cup|
|Dawn Dish soap 44 oz Prime Pantry - 1 Tbsp|
| Tea Tree Oil 15 ML or Lemon Essential Oil - 10 -15
Drops - Optional
1 Re-purposed container with lid - I use a plastic margarine or similar container.
|you will have 28 oz finished product
Measure out your dry products and put in your container.
Mix up to incorporate them. Next add in the dawn and the essential oil. Cut into the dry powder mixing well. Put your lid on and you are ready to wash dishes. NOW I must warn you!! This will get hard clumps and stick together (which drives me insane cause I HAVE to have my dawn and tea tree in there!) Here is how I overcame this.
After sitting several hours or even the next day - open your container and dump the mix into a zip lock bag. This is where having it in a plastic container is so helpful - you can coax it out of there! Close completely removing the air. Take your meat tenderizer on the flat edge and gently tap to get it all loose and powdery again. Dump back into your container ~ NOW you will be good to go! Just as a side note.... when it comes to making my own "fill in the blank" I will NOT be conquered ((wink)). Hope you all enjoy this and now you can have one more recipe to help you in your Sustainable and frugal addiction!
One final thought: If you are just starting on your journey of DIY cleaning products I want to encourage you! Your health will thank you as well as your wallet. Some of the chemicals that we fill our home with to "clean"with is questionable at best. Sometimes as we are buying our new ingredients it can seem overwhelming to outlay cash on items we have not typically used before. What I have found over the last few years since starting this journey is:
The new ingredients are less money than the name brand item you are replacing.
They work as well if not better.
They are multipurpose and will be used in different variations in MOST of your new cleaning supplies.
Essential oils are a must have! Honestly this is the one area that I was REALLY wary of.
Vinegar is your friend for cleaning, sanitizing & washing fruits & veggies.
Your overall health will improve, especially if you are like me and have seasonal allergies. I never thought this would be an added benefit! I did not realize that many of the items I "used" to clean with were causing some of my "seasonal allergy" & sinus infections / symptoms that I suffered every season.
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