Projects & Recipes
By now we all know I am a penny pincher/ borderline jar hoarder, so I am bringing to you homemade dishwasher soap. This is a powder, but I have to say for the past 30 years I have been washing dishes…this powder for the dishwasher is the BEST I have used.
I was very worried I would have spots or that funky white residue left on my glasses or plated with food baked on. Not true at all. This mixture is so great it even cleaned the inside of my darn dishwasher! If you have tried my recipe for homemade laundry soap then you have half of the ingredients to make this dishwasher powder. The only thing you many not know is citric acid. In the canning section of your grocer you will find a container of pectin for making fruit jellies. That is what you are looking for in your local store and it is pretty cheap. After you make this and give it a go in the dishwasher, and love it as I do, go online. You can purchase citric acid in bulk at great prices. I only suggest this because I live way out in the woods and driving to the store on a scavenger hunt for bulk is out of the question for me. I make the recipe in bulk and store half in a recycled jar, I am pretty much the jar queen these days, sad but true. The rest I keep in a decorative jar I happen to paint yesterday, by the sink since my dishwasher is kitty corner from my sinks.
What you will need:
1c. washing soda
1/2c. citric acid (pectin in the canning section)
1/2c. salt (kosher or table salt is fine)
Doing the deed:
I just pour all of the above ingredients into a large bowl and stir with a whisk, but a spoon works just fine. Transfer into a container with a lid and it keeps forever, not that it lasts long in my house there are always dishes with a truck load of kids around. If you like to have a rinsing agent to give you that extra warm fuzzy feeling, try white vinegar. You get the same results as you would a store bought chemically made one, but vinegar is much better for everyone. The dishwasher powder you will use a tablespoon per load. I have saved those tiny plastic cups that come with medicine and I just keep one of those in the jar and use that as my scoop. Happy money saving and dish washing.