Saturday, June 23, 2012

home-made dishwasher soap

let me tell you a story about how lazy i was this week...

we ran out of dishwasher soap the day we threw our little gender reveal party - the dishes piled up and we just kept forgetting. this morning tim asked why i don't just run to the store real quick, doesn't he know it just isn't worth it to pile all three kids into the car for dish soap? because, i promise to me, it isn't. so to google i went, i knew i had to have something in my cupboards that would magically concoct into some sort of detergent! thanks to the "green living" trend there were plenty of tutorials to get me started. turns out i didn't have quite any of the right ingredient, but i was able to find some things that i knew would work just as well, and it did!

so, i whipped up a loads worth of a batch and put it in and ran our normal cycle choice. you know what? i literally squee'd when i opened the dishwasher when it was done - before even pulling the drawers out, i could tell my dishes were cleaner then i have ever seen them before - short of hand washing them. they had a nice shine and that annoying glass-y smell our cups had acquired was gone, you don't know how happy my pregnant self is about one less nagging smell bugging me. not only all of that, but our dishwasher looked whiter and cleaner on the inside as well. i think we have a win here!

so, what is my secret recipe?
1 teaspoon of oxi clean
1/2 cup of apple vinegar (regular is what it called for, but i am more then happy with my results!)
1/2 teaspoon of dawn (i think it is pretty important that it is dawn)

you mix in a small bowl, and set upright on the top rack of your dishwasher, load the rest of the way and run your normal cycle.

i am never buying detergent at the store again!

do you have a favorite home-made recipe for dishwasher detergent or laundry soap? i am seriously tempted to try laundry soap next now that we are on a break from cloth diapers!


melissa rohr said...

I've been making my own laundry soap for over a year now. I have played with dish soap but nothing ever works well enough. I haven't tried this though! I'll give it a shot!

melissa rohr said...

Yay for finding something that works!!! Love your dishes by the way ;-)

melissa rohr said...

thanks :) fiestware!