So here’s the deal-ee-oh.
I had given up long ago on homemade dishwasher detergent, thinking I had tried everything. Then, I found another recipe that called for salt, of all things, to be added to the mix.
It didn’t work. Not well, anyway.
It was recommended to me that I try citric acid, and a friend gave me a cup to try. It gets my dishes very clean, but after awhile, began to leave that weird film on my glasses and silverware that we all dread. It happened gradually, and I had already bought ten pounds of citric acid from My Spice Sage, at a cheaper price than even the generic sugar-less lemonade powder packets at Wal-Mart.
A few weeks into it, I started noticing that, while my dishes were clean, they weren’t shiny.
However, I’d just made a big batch of detergent, and was determined to figure it out. I already make every. other. stinking. cleaner in the house. Why couldn’t I find success with this?
As the batch began to run low, I started, on a whim, adding just a drop or two of Dawn. I wanted to see if it would make a difference until I could mix up a new batch and add the salt back in again.
It worked! My dishes are getting shiny again, though I’m sure it will take another round or two through the dishwasher before I’m happy with them.
So, here’s the recipe that is currently working:
1 c. Borax
1 c. Washing Soda
1 c. Citric Acid
Use 1 Tbsp. per dishwasher load, plus about 1 tsp. in the “extra” compartment if you need it. Then, add 1-3 drops regular, original Dawn to the main detergent compartment.
Rinse Aid: 1/4 c. white vinegar about once/month. Depends on your dishwasher.
This batch is about to run out, and when it does, I’m going to try adding in 1/2 c. Kosher salt, and give that a month’s test drive.
So, while this verdict isn’t final final, it’s almost there.
Do you make any of your own cleaners? Why or why not? What have you tried for your dishwasher that works? Part of my problem is that my dishwasher is considered “newer,” though I bought it six years ago, and homemade recipes tend to be tricky in those. Also, I live in an area with water as hard as nails. So, that doesn’t help. Do share!
Grace & Peace,