I am beginning to feel so much more comfortable in the kitchen. The other day I realized that I have been consistently making our homemade bread for the past year, and I’ve been making it fairly regularly for longer than that! It was a fun realization. Sometimes I feel so excited to start transforming our lives into self-sustainable living but feel like I’m making no progress. It was a motivating discovery to make. We’re moving in the right direction!
So with this new discovery, I have decided I really need to try branching out to other parts of the house. We’re in the process of moving and we will be between houses for the next few months so I can’t do a lot of indoor gardening for the winter and I don’t want to begin too many long term projects. As a result, I am branching into the world of home care products.
For the past several months I have been playing with different dishwasher detergents. I have tried many different recipes and I came to understand which aspects of each were (or weren’t) working for our dishwasher. I have finally created a great balance that seems to be working well for us. I am not aware if the machine makes the difference or the recipe, but I will say recipes that came from other people claimed they were working as well as this one. I believe they were working for those people and perhaps the abilities and needs of each individual dishwasher affected the success of each recipe. With that being said, this recipe may need adjustments to fit your needs.
½ cup washing soda
½ cup Borax
¼ cup salt
¼ cup citric acid
Combine all the ingredients together in a pourable container. Use about 1 ½ – 2 T. with each load.
Results: Our dishes have been coming out just as clean as they do with the standard store bought brand. I also feel better about not washing my dishes with something that has a large Warning label on it. I really feel that just because I’m trying to remove all the chemicals I ingest doesn’t mean it is okay for chemicals to get closer to my food source in another way. And as an added plus, making this is cheaper than store bought detergents!
The one thing I have learned about this recipe is that it is best made in a large mouthed container. The Borax will clump together and even stick to the bottom. It is helpful to use a container that will allow you to break up those clumps. Also, if you are wondering where to find citric acid, I found it at my local home brew shop. I also recently discovered it at the super market next to all of the canning materials. I was able to find the Borax and Washing Soda at Ace Hardware.