Natural Dishwasher Detergent Fail

Looks like I have been M.I.A. these last few weeks. I have just been busy doing random things and haven’t spent too much time on the internet. Give me another couple of weeks and I should be back here full-swing!

Anyways, I wanted to post about homemade dishwashing detergent. There are plenty of recipes out there for you to substitute store bought cleaner for you dishwasher with something natural and homemade. The many recipes I looked at involved 2 or more of these ingredients:

  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Castille Soap
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Kool-aid (or citric acid)

Despite using various ratios and different recipes my dishes did not turn out very clean. Even with the vinegar and lemon kool-aid rinse the dishes still came out cloudy with a powdery film.

Maybe my dishwasher is too old or our water too hard, but we had to turn back to store bought dishwasher detergent.

Anyone else successfully use homemade dishwasher detergent?




3 thoughts on “Natural Dishwasher Detergent Fail

  1. I used to clean a lot and this lady’s house where their water was really soft and they used an eco-friendly dishwasher detergent, store-bought though. It still turned out really cloudy and powdery even with vinegar used. The machine was also Miele, because they’re hippies with a lot of money to burn. I just wanted to comment cuz i don’t think it was the hard water or the machine being too old. I never knew there were homemade dishwasher detergents. i’m going to start looking for some now.

    • We use “Eco-friendly” detergent from the store and it doesn’t leave a funky residue, so I’m guessing it’s something to do with the rinse cycle- which the vinegar and kook-aid is supposed to help. But it works for some people!

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