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RECIPE: HOMEMADE DISHWASHING DETERGENT

Adapted from Being Creative (To Keep My Sanity), this recipe is very similar to the Homemade Laundry Detergent 101 but with the addition of Epsom salt and a twist: citric acid.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
For use in automatic dishwashers; one tablespoon = one load

>> 76-oz box Borax (or an equal amount of baking soda for those concerned about Borax)
>> 55-oz box of washing soda
>> 3 cups Epsom salt
>> 3 cups citric acid (available in the canning section of your hardware store, from cheesemaking suppliers, and online in bulk)

WHAT TO DO
Mix all of the ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Keep in mind that the mixture will clump over time; adding silica packets or marshmallows will help control moisture.

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Tags: borax, detergent, dirty, dish, dishes, soap, washer

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So glad I joined Homegrown.  I've mastered homemade shampoo, laundry detergent & rinse, deodorant and toothpaste, but this is new.  Thanks so much.  What would we do without baking/washing soda and borax!

where do you buy washing soda?  I have never heard of it?

Hi, Cindy: It's this, available online and most likely at larger hardware stores.

Thanks for sharing I will definitely have to try this. 

I have made two smaller batches of dishwashing detergent and it works great. I made my own washing soda by baking the baking soda at 400 for an hour. This turns regulat baking soda into washing soda ( site below for more info) http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/08/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-...

I also keep the citric acid separate so it doesn't clump. I put 1 tablespoon of the washing soda mixture and 2 teaspoons of citric acid in the dispenser and it works like a charm. We have very hard water so I also put vinegar in the rinse compartment which helps keep everything clear of film.

Thanks, Joan!

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