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    Hi Ladies
    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
    dishwasher.

    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
    the dishwasher.

    From: "gesgesges14" <gesgesges14@yahoo.com>
    Date: Sun Mar 23, 2003 6:59 pm
    Subject: Homemade Dishwasher liquid - Help

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    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.
    Blessings,
    Theresa In Fl,

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    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.
    HTH,
    Katrina

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    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.

    Susan

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    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
    washing soda/borax.

    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

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    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
    in advance!
    Lindsey

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    I must have been asleep, but where are you good people finding all these
    recipes for homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent? Thank
    you.

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    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.
    Joanie

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    Lindsey,
    The recipe I have( and use daily)is a
    ratio of 2-1-1
    2 cups powdered dish detergent(I buy store brand)
    1 cup baking soda
    1 cup borax
    I store it in an air tight container and use a coffee scoop for measurement.
    1 scoop in each detergent hole. I also use straight vinegar in my rinse
    agent dispenser. I've been using this mixture since Nov. and it works well
    for me.

    HTH,
    Katrina, IL

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    POWDERED DISH DETERGENT? LIKE DISH WASHER DETERGENT? I have never seen powdered
    dish detergent... Do you have a name brand or something>
    Thanks

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    Katrina,

    I took your recipe and tried it in a 1-1-1- ratio. Dishes are
    coming out great!

    Chris

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    Try the budget 101 web site. Lots of hints on there. Think it was the household one. Just go to "Tips & Tricks - Household " and all the recipes are right there.

    https://www.budget101.com/household.htm

    Nadine

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    About the borax/washing soda mixture for dishes, I
    never have any problems with it. Maybe you have hard
    water. Try vinegar in the rinse opening, or more
    washing soda (softens the water). Since I can usually
    get dish detergent pretty cheap and also use Dawn for
    hand washing, I tend to alternate between those 3. I
    will use the washing soda/borax mix for a few days,
    then 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn the next few days, then a
    day or two of store bought dishwasher detergent. If
    you alternate between the three, you should not have
    any major buildup problems. Probably the Dawn is the
    cheapest, but I do get diminished returns with that
    one when I use it more than a few days.

    Jen K in PA

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    use a recipe of 1T Borax and 1T Baking soda and after the first 2 or 3 loads I haven't noticed any problems with it. I will be running the machine with vinegar just to make sure that there is no build up in the machine but I have found that you want to do that with any soap. Susan Wishing for our troops to come home soon. Peace and love be with them all. > -------Original Message------- From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com Date: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 09:26:47 AM To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com Subject: Budget101.com : dishwasher detergent 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 in advance! Lindsey [snipped for brevity]

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    I had the same prob. It was half borax and half washing soda. Ive heard
    that you need to put vinegar into the dishwasher at the rinse cycle. But
    running around the house, how on earth could one remember to do that
    everytime. I tried the borax and soda once and my dishes came out so
    horrible I had to hand scrub each dish really really well to get the thick
    film off. I think I'll stick to the Trader Joes dishwashing detergent
    unless someone gives me a better recipe. I live in Santa Barbara, CA and we
    have by far the worst hard water/plain yucky tasing water around. Los
    Angeles, San Fran, New York etc have by far better tap water than us. So
    maybe thats why i dont know. Kathy

 

 
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