Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

24 Dec

What’s the big whoop with conventional detergents?
Phosphates! “Once phosphates are discharged into the environment, they promote algae growth in local waters. These sudden blooms of algae trigger a process called eutrophication in which local waters become starved of oxygen and devoid of life. This issue is of special concern to anyone living near a lake or pond,” writes Seventh Generation, a maker of phosphates-free soaps.


Phosphates used to be in laundry detergent but soap makers changed their formulation years ago. Now the same is finally happening with dish detergent with some companies voluntarily banning their use. Either way I still don’t really trust big names. At the very least they all contain artificial fragrances which aren’t very good to be breathing in. I even read a few articles that Cascade’s new formulation is ruining some people’s dishes and dishwashers! I don’t know but making my own was so easy and cheap I don’t think I’ll be turning back!

Here is the recipe:
1 cup Borax (Can be found in the laundry isle at grocery stores. I got mine at London Drugs. It was 2kg for $6.99)
1 cup Washing Soda (Also found in the laundry isle. Again got mine at London Drugs. It is not the same as baking soda so don’t substitute it with that. 3kg for $6.49)
1/2 cup Citric Acid (Had a hard time finding this in Squamish. I got it in NB at a brew it store. Yesterday I came across is at Nester’s though in the Asian spice section. 1kg for $10)
1/2 cup Kosher Salt (I used Sea Salt…. not sure if it would differ to use Ionized Salt or not…)
1 tsp White Rice (you don’t need to do this but apparently it helps the batch from not clumping due to to citric acid. It won’t hurt your dishwasher at all)
Use 1 Tbsp per load or adjust as per your need. Also fill the Jet dry compartment with white vinegar. It will act as a natural rinse agent… and no your dishes won’t smell like vinegar after I promise.


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