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02-15-2006, 03:48 PM #1
Homemade Dishwasher liquid - Help
I hope you can help me. Has anyone tried the recipe
at the bottom of the post. I made the formula and it
came out great, it looked great, and smelled great. I
waited 24hrs before I used it. Well lets just say I
was happy in the beginning because my dishes LOOKED
clean. Well when I took a closer look. I noticed
there was a white pasty residue on most of my dishes. I had
to rinsed and wipe down almost on my dishes. My
utensils were not that bad but I did those anyway.
Would adding a rinse agent like jetdry or plain
vinegar have worked. Has anyone used this recipe? Also I
noticed one of my plastic measuring spoons I use for
powdered herbs was not clean it had powdered herb
residue left on the spoon. I think I'm going back to
the store brand or am I giving up to soon. Any
feedback would be helpful.
AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING SOAP
Source: Casey Kellar, author of Natural Cleaning for
Your Home: 95 Pure and Simple Recipes
Like Cascade and Sun Light
Homemade natural formula will safely cut through
grease and sanitize your dishes as well.
1/2 C. liquid castile soap
1/2 C. water
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract
1/4 C. white vinegar
Combine water and liquid Castile soap. Stir and then
add lemon juice, tea tree extract, and vinegar. Stir
until blended evenly and store in a squeeze bottle.
Use 2 tablespoons per wash in a standard-size
NOTE: Do not substitute conventional liquid soap for
the castile soap unless it is a "low sudsing" soap.
Regular soaps will produce too many suds and overflow
From: "gesgesges14" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun Mar 23, 2003 6:59 pm
Subject: Homemade Dishwasher liquid - Help
02-15-2006, 03:49 PM #2
I also tried making mine and found the same problem so much so that I went back
to using store bought. I thought perhaps it was because we where on well water.
Theresa In Fl,
02-15-2006, 03:49 PM #3
The one I use is not a liquid. My recipe is:
2 to 1 to 1
2 cups powdered dishwasher detergent(I use generic usually)
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
Mix well and store in an airtight container. I use a coffee scoop to
measure it into the 2 dispensers and I use straight vinegar in my rinse aid
dispenser. My dishes look like I use the expensive stuff.
02-15-2006, 03:49 PM #4
ARGH, I would be really mad about that. I also don't take that much time to
make my dishwasher detergent. I just use the borax and baking soda recipe:
1Tbsp Borax & 1Tbsp Baking soda. That is all that there is to it. I did
notice that the first load or two left a little bit of powder on the dishes
but I put them back through and it cleared up and now you wouldn't know that
I made the dishwasher detergent unless you either saw me make it or I told
you. BTW I have only been using it for a couple weeks now and refuse to buy
store bought anymore.
02-15-2006, 03:50 PM #5
I just use 1 Tbsp. each of Washing soda and Borax for
my dishes when I can't find store-bought stuff really
cheap. I can't even tell the difference. I haven't
worked out the cost savings, but I'd guess it's
cheaper if you can buy the stre bought stuff on sale
with a doubled or tripled coupon.
On another list, someone also recommended using 1/2
teaspoon of dawn or other dishwashing liquid. Only a
1/2 teaspoon if you don't want a million suds! But she
swore by that and I've done it, too. That is probably
the cheapest way, but after about a week I notice the
white buildup that someone else complained about with
the MYO. So I only use the dawn for a day or 2 at a
time and then switch to the store bought or the
BTW, when I can get Electrasol tabs for $1.50 or less
a big box (26 tabs), I break each tab in half. The box
lasts me twice as long (almost 2 months). With the
liquid stuff, I just barely cover the bottom of the
cup instead of filling to the line. I never notice a
difference. In fact, sometimes I think you get a white
residue from using too much of the stuff!
Jen K in PA
02-15-2006, 08:23 PM #6
I tried the recipe for dishwasher detergent that is half washing soda
and half borax (?). I can't remember exactly, now that I made it.
Anyhow, after several loads my dishes are really gross looking. Are
there any other recipes out there, or suggestions? I was thinking
about getting some jet dry in there, and seeing if that helps. Thanks
02-15-2006, 08:23 PM #7
I must have been asleep, but where are you good people finding all these
recipes for homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent? Thank
02-15-2006, 08:24 PM #8
This was my thought also. I thought I missed an awesome post somewhere. Are you
just sharing the recipes or is there a site to go to? If you could share the
recipes again I would really appreciate it.