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.