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.



Katie said...

Hey Barbara,

I just found this on 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???