Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Christine's Generic Dishwashing Detergent

You guys all know that I make a lot of my own cleaning products. Well, my latest "thing" is detergent for the dishwasher.

It's crazy easy. The basic formula goes like this:

2 cups Borax
2 cups baking soda
4 little packages of unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid (of course, I buy some generic kind - my dishes don't insist on actual Kool-Aid!)

You can also replace the Kool-Aid with 1/2 cup of citric acid, but I've yet to find it anywhere.

You mix it all together, and put it in your old detergent box - because we want to recycle, right? When doing this, remember that funnels are your friend.

Of course, if you want to fill the whole box, you just double it.

I also expect you to print a beautiful label that says, "Christine's Generic Dishwashing Detergent" and send all proceeds to me via PayPal ... which would be ... pretty much nothing. Thanks for your support.

24 comments:

simplemom said...

Thanks for this! I'm assuming you use a normal amount in each load?

sarah true said...

do you have a laundry soap recipe?

Christine said...

Yup, normal amount.

Sarah, if you'll click on the label "smooching trees" at the bottom of the post, somewhere in there you will find my post about laundry detergent.

Erin said...

Hey Christine! Long time lurker here...I LOVE your blog. I tried to find the laundry soap recipe in the smooching trees section, then I tried to search for it, but I can't find it! I'd really like to try it!

Lucky said...

How did you know I was just wondering if I could make this? The prices went up in my small town and I'm trying to budget!

On a side note, I misread your post at first and thought it said "remember FUNERALS are your friend" instead of funnels. I was starting to wonder if you went off the deep end but quickly realized my error. LOL

Thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

www.bulkfoods.com carries citric acid (aka Vit C powder). Thought you'd like to know.

Zimms Zoo said...

I found this through rocks in my dryer. Since I noticed that you live in Oklahoma, if you live in OKC, the helath food store on I-240 carries it in fairly large bottles. I don't think it is very much. I still have a bottle from 2 years ago that I use in whole wheat bread to act as a dough enhancer.

village mama said...

You are so cool and inspiring!

Kim said...

So you have LIQUID dishwashing soap for those of us whose hands do the washing?

Cammie said...

Do you think 'Lemi-Shine' would work? It is in the dish detergent aisle. of course, i dont know the price comparison right off hand.

Jenn said...

Great idea! I have been wanting something new to use in my dishwasher. The "green" stuff you buy doesn't work so well.

I am going to have to come back and look at your blog more. I am also a semi-crunchy pastor's wife. However, I don't have a nose stud, just a tatoo!!!

Midnite Scrapper said...

Oh, I am so glad to see this. The wipes thing, I don't think we are quite ready for...THIS I can do. Every little bit helps, right? =]

Christine said...

Okay. Sorry to be so vague about the laundry detergent recipe. I'm at a computer very, very little this week! It's in my post called Good Heavenly Hooch, I'm Amish! The link is in it. Although it's not linking for me tonight. Just in case, it goes a little something like this: grind up about two bars of Ivory soap or 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Soap (cheese grater is your best bet). Stir and dissolve in water in a saucepan. Then add 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup WASHING soda (not baking soda). Stir till dissolved and it has thickened a bit. Pour about a quart of hot water into a 2 gallon bucket of some kind. Add the soap mixture and stir. Then fill the rest of the container with water til it makes about 2 gallons. Let it sit all day or overnight. It will have a cool "I've been slimed" type of consistency. That's normal. It has to be shaken or stirred before using (1/2 cup per load). You can add some essential oils for scent. However, we just enjoy the the clean "no smell"! ha!

A google search for "laundry detergent recipe" will give you a gazillion options. This is just the one I use and love.

Thanks for the tips on the citric acid.

Kim, I am working on the liquid detergent, as well as making my own shampoo. Will let you know!

Jenn, together we make quite a hot chic!

His Singer said...

Do you know about how much this costs per load compared to Cascade or one of the other name brands?

Christine said...

There is simply no comparison. You will spend a couple of bucks each on the big box of borax and washing soda. You barely make a dent in them to make the equivalent to the name brand stuff.

When you make your own cleaning products you always save money. The items above, and things like vinegar, are all cheap and go a really long way!

Throw in the fact that you're not dealing with harsh chemicals and you're showing the earth some love ... well, yipee!

Amy said...

This is BIZARRE - I just started the dishwasher and thought, "Gosh, dishwasher detergent is so expensive, I wonder if I could make some..." and then poof - here you were on WFMW.

It was meant to be. Thanks!

C & G said...

I have tried the borax and baking soda before - but it left my glasses cloudy . . . maybe the citric acid will do the trick. I have some left over from making bath bombs at Christmas.

If you can make shampoo the you are my HERO! I've attempted once and haven't tried again - I grated a castile soap bar and disolved it in water (thinking that it would gel like the fels naptha in my laundry detergent) - no such luck. Then I added gelatin to it . . . SLIMY! I am still using it up as a body wash - but it's not my fave. So, all that to say, PLEASE - go for shampoo! I'd love to try whatever you figure out . . . as long as it is foamy :)

The Shan said...

I'm glad you said it saves money. That was my question because it seemed like it wouldn't in my non mathematical head. Sounds fun to try! It still sounds like more effort than just having my Chihuahua lick them clean but we'll see.
Hey, are you going to be able to tackle a political topic whilst your up to your ears in visiting/work? We'll understand if you can't. We're nice that way.

Erin said...

Hi again! Thanks for posting the link for your laundry soap! Now another question...how much of this dishwasher soap do you use per load? I've been using the Cascade Action Packs forever, so I don't even know what might be an appropriate amount of soap to use....

Christine said...

Erin,

We have two little receptacles on our dishwasher, so we put about a tablespoon in each one.

Some people I've been reading/stalking say that they still buy name brand dishwasher detergent, but just extend the life of it by filling half a box with the borax/soda combination. Others say that they use the regular stuff, but only fill ONE of the compartments, and things still come just as clean.

Lots of fun ideas for stretching that budget and staying away from so much of the chemical muck!

Bunny Trails said...

Cool! I do the laundry detergent thang, which I absolutely LOVE. I didn't know there was one for the DW. Thanks for sharing! :D

TulipGirl said...

Easier laundry detergent?

In a quart jar combine 1 c. washing soda and 1 c. borax. Put a couple squirts of Dr. Bronner's castille soap in (liquid.) Put the lid on and shape really hard. It wants to clump, so I usually put little Dr. Bronner's in and shake, a little more, shake. . .

I use a jar lid full per load. My clothes are SUPER soft--and clean.

Stains I still pre-treat with some sort of spray-and-wash, and I do keep liquid laundry detergent on hand if I have a super-nasty-dirty load of stained kids' play clothes.

poppy said...

Hi Christine,
Have you a recipe for a soap/detergent for washing dishes by hand in the sink?
Thanks,
Poppy

Christine said...

No, poppy, I don't. Although many people just buy plain lye soap and use that. It's a bar, but you can rub it on a washcloth and scrub away.