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Dishwashing Detergent

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!