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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Homemade

Well, I did it. A friend and I made some homemade laundry detergent and I liked it, so I did some research and decided to try some homemade dishwasher detergent. This is super simple and I already had two of the products from the laundry detergent. And I must say, it works! Not that my Cascade didn't . . . it just felt very costly every time I bought some . . . which seemed like every trip to the store!

The Borax and Arm & Hammer I purchased at Meijer, the Kosher Salt my mom picked up for me at Kroger and the citric acid from Grandma's Pantry in Wakarusa. You use a 1/2 cup of the first two and 1/4 cup of the last. Add 1 tbsp. to your dishwasher and wash! Oh, yeah, a rinse agent. I had always bought Cascade complete (I couldn't make my self buy the Jet-Dri) and didn't need one. I read that vinegar is suggested and I haven't had any problems using it, except some complaints from the boys when they empty the dishwasher and smell vinegar! (Really, it's not that bad). I just am not sure how often to add the vinegar? My dishwasher does not tell me when my rinse aid receptacle is empty.


4 comments:

Alana said...

Awesome!! That is really cool!

Cecilia said...

Wow! You are so cool! -and Clean!

Christine said...

We just started using a homemade recipe for the dishwasher too! We love it! And I don't think you can use too much vinegar. I put a 1/2 cup to a cup in every wash sometimes because we have hard water. I just add it to the wash water 5 minutes into the cycle. But, since using this homemade solution I haven't used it as often, because everything always comes out clean and fresh!
I would love to try your recipe for the laundry.

Rita said...

I'll put the laundry recipe up! I got it from the Duggar family website!

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