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A dishwasher containing clean dishes
A dishwasher containing clean dishes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

This month I am doing a short, weekly series on natural homemaking.  You can check out the first post here and the second post here.

This week I’m excited to bring you a clever little idea that I had.

Are you familiar with those little dishwasher tablets that are sold in all the stores?  (Here’s one example and here’s another.)  They seem awfully handy and I’ve often wanted to buy them.  However, they also are really expensive and just squirting or shaking a little detergent into the receptacle isn’t that hard.  But then I started this natural homemaking series on the blog and I began thinking about all the store bought cleaners that I use and dishwasher detergent came to mind.  So, I took to the internet and decided to make some of my own naturally.

Well, there are about a ZILLION dishwasher detergent recipes on the internet and I thought to myself that it wouldn’t be very helpful to just repost one of those.  So I thought of the tablets again and I thought, “Hey!  Maybe I could make those with all natural ingredients!”  Here’s what I came up with.

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/4 salt
2/3 cup lemon juice

1.  Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl.
2.  Add the lemon juice and mix well.

3.  Put the mixture into an ice cube tray and pack hard.  Make sure you press it down really well into each ice cube spot and fill all the spaces.

4.  Let dry for 12-24 hours, preferably in the sun for as long as possible.  (You’ll notice that the tablets in the mason jar in my photo are a little crumbly, that is because I took them out about 4 hours after I made them…. lesson learned.  Let them dry longer.)
5.  Put in your dishwasher and run as usual.

If you have really hard water, like we do in Phoenix, then your glasses might come out with a bit of a film and some hard water stains – mine definitely did.  The best thing to do is rinse them really well after you take them out of the dishwasher.  From what I’ve read on the internet, adding white vinegar to your “rinse aid” spot in the dishwasher should help this.  I haven’t tried it yet but I think it might do the trick.

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