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For the last year and a half I have been making my homemade dishwasher tablets and using them to clean our dishes in the dishwasher, but one day I decided it was time to make a simple, powdered dishwasher detergent that was more effective and took less time to create. The first time that I had made a powdered dishwasher detergent (with all the ingredients that you saw in the dishwasher tablets), it turned into one big hard rock after 24 hours of sitting in the container, and I was baffled what else to do besides turning it into the dishwasher tablets. Now after reading some more, I have learned that I didn't need all of those ingredients, to begin with! The fact of the matter is, I was making it much harder than it needed to be.
Washing Soda is the secret ingredient to cleaner dishes
All of those dishwasher detergent recipes out there (including my dishwasher tablets) contain a plethora of ingredients that all do the same job (lower the ph and soften the water), some just do that job much more effectively than others. This is where washing soda comes in! Washing soda is far more powerful than either salt or baking soda. In fact, most dishwasher detergents on the market do not contain either of these. They usually contain washing soda instead because it is so effective. Borax on the other hand, when combined with washing soda, creates oxygen bleach; though it is not nearly as strong and effective as actual oxygen bleach and with all the concern about borax and it's safety, there is no need to add it to the recipe.
Not all oxygen bleaches are created equal
There are all kinds of advertisements on the naturalness of Oxiclean, and when they first started making their product, I bet it WAS in fact, natural and safe to use, but over the years to save money and to make money, the recipe has changed and it is no longer a natural safe product to use. On EWG, OxiClean doesn't even score a slightly passing grade, it fails with a big red F because of all of its fillers. MY personal favorite eco-friendly oxygen bleach that doesn't contain all those fillers, is OxyBoost. Their oxygen bleach contains no fillers, is 80% PURE oxygen bleach and is eco-friendly! I use OxyBoost for everything; from a laundry booster to an amazing pet stain remover (or ANY stain for that matter).
Lavender Lemon Powdered Dishwasher Detergent
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups Oxyboost oxygen bleach
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then transfer to desired storage container.
- For use: Use 2 Tbsp. per load of dishes.
For those that live in humid areas, you can fill a small cotton muslin bag or a sock with a couple Tbsp. of bentonite clay and throw that in with your powdered dishwasher detergent. This will help to absorb the moisture, keeping your powder from turning into a big solid block.
Do you still have mineral deposits on your glasses? Try adding my DIY Citrishine and Citrus Rinse Aid to your dishwasher for an even better clean.