Before I get started I feel like I should let those of you who don't know me know I'm lazy when it comes to keeping house. If I can find a short cut to make less work for myself, with the exception of my obsession of hand washing clothes, I take it. I toyed with name my blog The Lazyist because I am drawn towards minimalism only since it would allow me to have less to do less work.
Now onto the recipe, it is given in parts because I used the citric aid bottles to measure the other ingredients so I didn't have to dirty any other dishes. You need 2 parts washing soda, 1 part kosher salt and 1 part citric acid. I have seen other recipes online that use more washing soda and some that use borax or essential oils. You can do a Google search to find other recipes. After lots of research I have decided not to use borax in my home, I just don't feel comfortable with it which means my laundry detergent recipe will be changing. Once I find a mix that works for us I'll post it.
You don't have to make the dishwasher detergent in this order but since I needed the citric acid bottles to measure the rest of the items I poured it in the bowl first.
Then I poured the course kosher sea salt, any kosher salt is fine, into the citric acid bottles and poured them into the bowl
I filled both the citric acid bottles with washing soda and dumped it into the bowl twice.
Mix the ingredients well. At this point you could add in some essential oils to make it scented if you want. I am out of almost all my oils but if I had them on hand I would use citrus oils.
Below are some pictures of the finished product. It needs to be stored in an airtight containers, so I used a canning jar. I have lots of canning jars, but can always use more.
I wrote the recipe on the side just in case a child ingests it so I know in an emergency without having to remember.
We rinse our dishes before sticking them in the dishwasher so I use 1 tsp with a regular load. When we have loads with baking dishes I will use 1 tbsp.
Also, instead of using a commercial rinse aid we use white vinegar.
I linked this on the Frugal Craft Blog Hop #18