Monday, March 5, 2012

DIY Dishwasher Soap

This is a recipe that is revisited,
my original blog post is here.
In my last post the recipe says to use white vinegar
for a rinse aid during the rinse cycle, 
but I would often forget and my dishes would 
come out cloudy. Plus I found
my dishes to have a 
slight undesirable vinegar smell. :( 
I find this updated recipe to work much better,
my dishes come out sparkly clean 
and smelling fresh like lemons.

Homemade Dishwasher Soap
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
2 Packets of Sugar Free Lemonade Kool-Aid
½ cup of Citric Acid 
A few Drops of Lemon Essential Oil 
Mix all ingredients together and store in a container. 
To use: Place 1 Tablespoon in the main wash compartment.




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Thanks for stopping by!
Smiles, Paula

25 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I found you at the Funky Polkadot Giraffe link party. I have been looking everywhere for a recipe for dishwasher soap.
    Thanks again
    Vicky@www.1orangegiraffe.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Vicky,
      Awesome, I am happy that I could help by sharing my dishwasher soap recipe. :) Thanks for dropping in on my blog, I am so glad that you took some time to visit and leave this comment. :)
      Smiles, Paula

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  2. What a great idea. Never thought to make my own. Love the lemon scent added too.
    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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    1. Hello Melissa,
      I love the lemon scent and all the money that I have saved not buying cascade. Thanks for stopping by. :)
      Smiles, Paula

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  3. sounds like it smells very nice! i love it! xo

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    1. Hello Krystina,
      It smells awesome, plus under my kitchen sink smells super good because the container that I store the dishwasher soap in is not air tight. Great Perk!
      Smiles, Paula

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  4. I've been wanting to try something like this! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hello Beth,
      I so happy that I could help out by sharing my homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe. Thanks for stopping by. :)
      Smiles, Paula

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  5. I recently started using home made laundry soap and I love it. I'll be trying your recipe next as soon as I use up the expensive dishwashing soap I already have. Thanks for the how tos!

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  6. Hello Ann,
    Awesome, I am super happy that I could help out. Thanks for stopping in. :)
    Smiles, Paula

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  7. Hi! This looks like a recipe I would like to try. I am curious though, what benefit does the kool-aid add?
    Thanks, Kris

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    1. The Kool-Aid adds a fresh lemonade scent, and adds shine to your dishes. ;o)

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  8. I pinned this and plan to try it!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  9. I tried it and got the cloudy glassware. I put the lemon rinse recommended but it still was cloudy. I love the laundry detergent but not too thrilled with the dishwashing powder.

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    1. Try add another package of Kool-Aid to clear up the glassware. White vinegar works great as a rinse agent, to shine on the glasses. Simply pour it in during the rinse cycle or add to the rinse compartment. ;o)

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  10. Love the recipe! but I too need to know what the Kool-Aid is for. We can't buy Kool-Aid in our stores in Australia, so I'd have to buy online. I do have lemon oil :-)

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    1. The Kool-Aid smell super good and keep your dishes shiny because it contains citric acid. Feel free to skip the Kool-Aid and use a bit more citric acid. Thanks for stopping by. ;o)

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  11. citric acid?....where do you find that (lemon juice?)

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    1. Citric acid can be found at Walmart in the canning aisle next to the mason jars. ;o)

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  12. i was going to ask the same where can i find citric acid? and do you have to use borax? i've read that alot of European countries have banned it do to possible side effects. have you heard anything about that and what are your thoughts on that? i've kinda wishy washy i mean how long did our ancestors use borax? so i was just wondering what other green cleaner people thot. i'm definitely trying it, as really even with the expensive brand AND jetdry i have cloudy dishes i think its because our water company does nothing to soften our water and its extremely hard and lots of calcium.
    any thots and opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. No, I haven't heard anything negative about borax. Thanks for stopping by. ;o)

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  13. Help! I just made this and followed the recipe exactly. It left a coating on my glasses, dishes and silverware! My stainless

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    1. Oh, I am so sorry. Try using a additional package of Kool-Aid. That should do the trick, and eliminate the cloudiness.

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  14. I tried making a version of this and it did not work well! haha! Maybe I should try this one!

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    1. It works great but depending on how hard your water is you may have to add more citric acid and kool aid. ;o)

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