Key Lime Dish Detergent Powder

key lime dish detergent powder
Key Lime Dish Detergent Powder

Need extra strength dishwashing detergent? Make your own Key Lime Dish Detergent Powder!
Homemade powdered dish detergent eliminates the need for purchasing plastic bottles and then having to recycle or otherwise dispose of them. In addition to being easy to handle, it does a fantastic job of cleaning dishes!

Although this powder is quite effective, if you’re partial to a liquid detergent you can mix the recipe with boiling water, stirring until it’s fully dissolved. Then simply store it in a squirt dispenser style bottle.

It’s been our experience that the following formula will last the average family of four approximately six months.

1/2 cup clay powder

2 tablespoons lime essential oil

4 cups sodium lauryl sulfateor 2 cups sodium lauryl sulfoacetate

6 cups baking soda

Before you begin, be sure to put on a dust mask to mix this detergent. Combine the clay powder and essential oil, then, in a two-gallon pail or container, stirring well, then add the baking soda and sodium lauryl sulfate. Mix well.

As we mentioned before, if you’re partial to using liquid soap and have additional storage space, simply add 18 cups of boiling water and stir until all ingredients are dissolved. Store in gallon jugs and refill squirt bottles as needed.

To use, add about a tablespoon of powder or a good squirt of liquid per sink load while filling the sink.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent, if you’d like more info about what it is, you can read about it here.
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  1. This recipe seems to be for a dish washing soap. Not an automatic dishwasher. In the directions it says to use 1 tbsp for each sink full and the put it in sink while you fill it.

    Be careful using this for automatic dishwasher!

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