Monday, January 9, 2012

Another Simple Baby Step: homemade dishwashing detergent

I love simple. And I love baby steps.  I know that makes me unique, like everyone else out there, right? 
From drinks to family reading time to basic eggs, if it's simple I will do it over and over and over again and if you live within earshot I will tell you all about how easy it is to do it yourself.

Hence, this simple baby step is a gem of a recipe.  I'm not going to go into how many chemicals Cascade has in it, or how expensive organic phosphate free detergent is.  I'm just going to tell you that this is the only alternative to commercial dish washing tablets, gel or powder that you can use without chemical impunity and afford to make.   If you made this simple green cleaning baby step, you've already got half the ingredients.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
Makes enough for a month

2/3 c Borax
2/3 c Washing soda
1/3 c Kosher Salt
2 packages lemon Koolaid (or) 1/2 c lemishine

Mix it all up.  Use just like regular dish washing powder. Sleep better now that you and your family are eating off chemical free plates and forks.  We (read: the baintrain) are not major rinsers, so you can trust if I'm sharing it, this recipe will actually clean your dishes! We've been using it for months.

*UPDATE* yes, koolaid has yellow lake #5.  However the proportion of it in the recipe is so minimal I use it anyway.  You can substitute Lemishine if concerned.
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Adrienne said...

Hi Liberty. I've been digging around and trying some recipes for awhile. I'd rather not spend on the kool aid. Have you tried citric acid or Lemishine? I really want to make this work! From what you've read / tried, do you have a thought as to what I could sub?

Adrienne said...

And sweetened or unsweetened Kool Aid? Maybe I can figure it out myself :-).

Judee said...

Who would think that cool aid had so many uses! Great idea! thanks for stopping by Gluten Free A-Z and leaving a comment which introduced me to you blog; I love it!
I just became a follower and would love a follow back.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Great idea!

Dr. Laura @ said...

Thanks for sharing Lib! I pinned it :)


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