Saturday, April 22, 2006

Made a dishwasher detergent

Well, sort of. I used the recipe from frugalveggiemama for cheaper dishwasher detergent.

I had bought Seventh Generation powdered dishwasher detergent (for $4.29). Put in one cup of that, one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda. Did a test load and it worked great. Didn't put in any rinse agent, like vinegar, but the glases came out squeaky clean! So, it's a winner.

As we use up what cleaning products we have, I'll be substituting cheaper and non-toxic products.

Now I just have to find out if Bi-o-kleen hand dishwashing liquid can be cut with water. Trying to do that with softsoap did not work well. I'd like to use this stuff for handsoap too.

Barbara

2 comments:

Katie said...

Hey Barbara,

I just found this on thriftyfun.com and thought of you. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds promising.

BTW, thanks for the vote of confidence on the Wife Swap invite. I just think that after the editing, my family would be made to look like a circus side show. (We already look a bit like that anyhow!)

Now if someone were to make a book offer...

Here's the article:
Making Dishwashing Soap Last Longer

For making your dishwashing soap last longer: Take a separate
plastic bottle with a pump and fill about one third of
dishwashing liquid of your choice. Then add 1 tablespoon of Borax
and fill the rest with white vinegar. Shake gently to mix. 2 or 3
pumps will make nice smelling suds and cleans the dishes,
silverware and glasses, works great removing grease, and makes
your dish detergent last a long time.

By Susan from Bremen, Georgia

havi said...

Whoah, you found washing soda in Portland? I thought I'd called every place in town. Where did you find it???