Friday, 19 October 2012

Dazzling Dish Detergent Day

Unfortunately, dishes are one of those never-ending, monotonous chores that most of us hate.  Now a days, most homes have dishwashers.  The soaps for these are quite expensive, but most do not know there are options to buying dish detergent from stores.

Here is a great recipe, please note that I have not tried this myself yet.  I need to see where I can buy castile soap in my area.

2 cups vegetable-based castile soap
1/2 cup water
3 drops of essential oil of your choice
Vinegar (for rinse)
A plastic bottle

Mix the first three ingredients in the bottle and shake well.   Using 2 tbsp. per load.  Use the vinegar in your rinse compartment.  Run dishwasher as normal.

You can adjust the amount of detergent by 1 tbsp. if you are not satisfied with the results.

****Remember to shake each time before using****

Another version

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup citric acid
  • 1/3 cup coarse salt
  • 10-15 drops of citrus essential oil  *orange, grapefruit, or lemon oils have great cleaning/antibacterial properties)
  • Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

  • Squeeze juice out of 6 grapefruits/8 oranges/12 limes or lemons
  • Place leftover rinds into a glass jar
  • Pour white vinegar over top of the rinds till they are all covered
  • Place the lid on and let it sit for 2 weeks
  • Remove rinds, strain liquid through a sieve, and store in glass jar.
    • Use diluted 1:1 water to citrus vinegar in a spray bottle as a cleanser

Mix first 3 ingredients well in airtight container.  Add essential oil of your choice and mix again.  Fill your rinse aid compartment with undiluted citrus vinegar mixture.

Use 1 tbsp. detergent for average loads and 2 tbsp. detergent for extra greasy, dirty loads.

If you do use either of these recipes please let me know how they do for you.  Also if you have a different recipe or other tips please comment below.

Thanks for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

A drop of Dawn in the dishwasher and vinegar in the rinse works for me!

Andy Anne