Thursday, April 16, 2009

Natural Dishwasher Detergent


I recently ran out of dishwasher detergent, and really didn't want to pay for more, so I did some searching online for a natural (and cheaper) detergent. I found one that seemed like it would work, so I tried it out. All it consists of is half baking soda and half borax, which you can find in the laundry detergent section at the grocery store. I tried it out today, using about two tablespoons of the mixture in my dishwasher, and it worked wonderfully! It was also brought to my attention that my microwave was filthy, haha, so in my search for detergent recipes I found a neat tip. Put about a cup of water in a container, mix in 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and heat that up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. After that, take a cloth and wipe down the inside of the microwave. The ick comes off so easily! Try it :)

6 comments:

Grace said...

Since posting this I discovered that adding a tiny bit of water to the powder after I put it in the dishwasher makes it work even better

Sara said...

That's awesome, thanks for sharing. Now, if I only had a dishwasher....Actually, I've got a few in training. ;)

Jamie said...

I was under the impression (not to burst your bubble, dear) that Borax is toxic. Are you sure that's the right ingredient?

Grace said...

regular detergent is toxic too...but maybe it needs more research before use

Grace said...

maybe I should delete this whole post. I don't want anyone to poison themselves.

Sara said...

Borax is a salt mined from the earth. Though toxic if swallowed, it is considered safer for the environment than synthetic chemicals. I'm sure it is less toxic than regular dishwashing detergent, but there might be an alternative out there that isn't toxic at all.