“To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.”
Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dishwasher Detergent - Make It Yourself

I hate paying for dishwasher detergent. I found this site that has a couple recipes for making your own that I thought I would share. http://www.ourhomemadehappiness.com/2012/05/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-for-hard.html  The area we lived in in Oregon has some very soft water, so I recommend the following recipe for my friends and family back in Oregon!!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
for Soft Water:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
8 ounces Citric Acid 

Combine borax and washing soda. Keep citric acid separate. Use 1/4 teaspoon citric acid and 1 teaspoon borax/washing soda mixture. This makes enough for 80 loads at a cost of about .04 per load. Add more detergent per load if your dishes aren't getting clean or more citric acid if you notice a powdery film left on the dishes or try the troubleshooting tips below. 

We have hard water and most detergents we buy do not work well with our water.  So I will be trying the following recipe!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
for Hard Water: 

1/2 pound Citric Acid 
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Kosher Salt

Combine borax, washing soda, and kosher salt. Keep citric acid separate. Use 1 teaspoon citric acid and 1 tablespoon borax/washing soda/kosher salt mixture per load. Vinegar can be added to the rinse aid compartment if the dishes come out with a powdery film on them. 

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