I’ve been on a quest to figure out how to get our dishwasher to clean the dishes. We’ve never lived in a place that has such hard water! There was consistently a film left on our dishes & glasses that I swear only a 15 minute soak in a vinegar bath could eliminate (and believe me, I timed it. No less than 15 minutes.) The stupid rinse aids never did anything & every brand of detergent was a joke.
Since making our own laundry detergent proved so successful, I decided to try to the same for dish washing detergent.
After a lot of research, I ended up with this recipe:
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (found in the canning aisle)
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
Shake all the ingredients together well. I use about 1 tbsp in the soap dispenser & 1 tbsp in the rinse area.
Then, there’s the other secret I learned! Lemi-Shine! This stuff is golden! I just sprinkle 1 tsp in the bottom of the dishwasher before it runs & I swear our dishes actually shine!
One problem solved.
I can’t explain how happy this makes me!