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Sunday, November 6, 2011

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

So I have tried my hand and laundry detergent, both powder and liquid…so why not dishwasher detergent.  I already had the Washing Soda and Borax on hand from making the laundry detergent, and I had bought the Epsom Salt for a science project, so all I needed was the Lemi-Shine.

I researched several recipes online and came up with my own concoction.  I tried it out and it worked great! 

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Tips:  stir it up several times after making, the citric acid solidifies the mixture.  You can add more Lemi-shine for harder water, one recipe I saw had 2c of lemi-shine, but that would require a larger than 12oz bottle.  Divide the 1T between the prewash and wash bins (about a 30/70 divide).  Put the vinegar in the rinse compartment.

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(vinegar as a rinse aid)  I placed it in this honey bear, b/c I have a huge costco size container of it, and also use vinegar in my cloth diaper wash as a softener. 

I love that I was also able to recycle a variety of containers when making these things!

The cost of this detergent is about $4 and will last a VERY LONG time at just 1T per load!

For my inspiration for this recipe, and many other DIY cleaning products check out my Pinterest board!

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4 comments:

  1. Wow, that is neat. Thanks for posting!
    Here from the Hop.

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  2. I use to make ours, I dont remember why I stopped! Now you have me wanting to get busy making more! ;) I am a new follower. I cant wait to read more on your homeschool post!

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  3. I love this! I pinned it and also featured it on my new kinky party. I would love it if you stopped by and shared other crafts or recipes.
    Cookingwithkaryn.blogspot.com

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  4. How much vinegar do you use for each load?

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