I really enjoy creating my own home cleaning products for a variety of reason. First, I can have confidence in what ingredients are being used, they are generally less expensive than the store bought counterparts, and I can customize the scent. I have tried several variations of homemade dishwasher detergents from tablets to liquid. This powder used with vinegar in the rinse compartment is by far my favorite for its effectiveness and fresh scent. You can of course use any combination of essential oils that you want. Some of my favorites are peppermint, orange or lemon, tea tree, and lavender. All of these essential oils also add sanitizing and disinfecting properties to your homemade dishwasher detergent.
Lemongrass and Grapefruit Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
- 3/4 cup Lemi Shine
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
1. Combine Borax, Super Washing Soda, Lemi Shine, and sea salt in a large bowl. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
2. Add essential oils, stir well.
3. Transfer to a 1 quart mason jar.
To use: Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. to the soap compartment in your dishwasher. Keep your rinse compartment full with vinegar to help rinse dishes clean. Used together they are a powerhouse to clean, sanitize, and rinse your dishes clean with a beautiful finish and no build up.
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Have you used this without the vinegar in the rinse compartment? I stopped using vinegar when I read it can corrode the plastic and rubber parts over time.
I heard if you put vinegar in a small cup on the top rack it works just as good without the worry of corrosion