DIY Waste Free Dishwasher Detergent
Before we moved into the farmhouse, we spent the first years we lived in Iowa washing all of our dishes by hand. It was a huge advancement for us when we moved to the farm that the house had a dishwasher installed. We were very grateful! While I feel like I should not complain about a task like hand washing dishes because there are worse things in the world, it did take extra time and you actually waste more water doing so than by using your dishwasher. As for energy, I cannot say! I knew that I did not want to purchase those little dishwasher tabs because of all of the nasty ingredients used inside. There had to be a better solution for our family to make a product that was green and waste free!
Washing your dishes with a homemade dishwasher detergent is a lot easier than one might think. Four ingredients later and you’ve got yourself a great product that actually works! We have been using this for almost a year now and love it. Our dishes are clean, no synthetic ingredients. Win!
Ingredients + Recipe |
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup sea salt
1 tbsp white vinegar on hand when washing
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, minus the vinegar. Store in a container with an airtight seal such as a Ball canning jar. I use an amber jar to further preserve the contents!
To use, scoop 1 tablespoon of mix into your dishwasher detergent slot. Pour a little white vinegar over the top. Wash as normal!
I store our dishwasher detergent in one of the new amber jars from Ball canning. Amber glass keeps light from penetrating the ingredients inside of the jar. This means they last longer and remain potent. I like using amber for our cleaning products, especially those that use essential oils, so that I know they will stay fresh and continue to work well for us. This is why essential oils are sold in amber bottles! They will last years stored this way. Amazing!