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DIY project #1 - dishwasher detergent

Posted Feb 28 2013 10:00am
A few years ago we decided to go non-toxic with all our cleaning supplies and our grocery bill skyrocketed! buying the name brands is expensive!  So in efforts to tame our budget a little bit I decided to try my hand at making some cleaning staples.  First up (mainly because that's what we were out of) was Dishwasher Detergent.  Super simple & works well, too.  Here's what I did:

1 cup washing soda ( you can make your own from baking soda )1/4 c. citric acid ( from Amazon )1/4 c. kosher salt 10-15 drops of citrus essential oil (Optional.  Orange, grapefruit, or lemon essential oils have great cleaning as well as antibacterial properties.) Homemade citrus vinegar cleaner
Mix first 3 ingredients well in an air tight container. Add essential oil.  Mix again.  Fill your rinse aid compartment with undiluted citrus vinegar cleaner.  Use 1 tsp. detergent for average loads
Comes to about 8 cents per load.  WOW!   7th Generation dishwashing tabs costs 35 cents a load.   
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