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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Homemade Dishwashing Powder

It is still odd to me that we make our own Laundry Detergent (btw loving it- only thing I would change is that I am going to make the powder version next time in 4 months for now).  Here's the link to the laundry soap
Laundry Detergent Click Here. 

My brother-in-law asked me why would you make you own laundry detergent and where did you hear about it.  I simply said because it is cheaper and blogs of course.  I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm crazy but I would have thought I was crazy 5 years ago if I could see into the future and see the now me.

I think it takes getting over the hurdle of whatever that may be into the world of "I like to keep most of my money" theory.  It's a different way of thinking and most certainly not the mainstream way of thinking but then again I know that I am not meant to fit into this world, this is not my home and my purpose is not to comply with what society deems worthy.  My Worthy, my Standard is much higher.  This is not to say that couponing and homemade soap is holy just goes along with my choosing to be purposeful.  So here it goes.

Dishwasher Detergent ingredients:
  1. 1 cup -Borax - In the detergent aisle
  2. 1-cup -Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda -also in the detergent aisle.  Make sure it not baking soda, not the same thing.
  3. 15 packages on unsweetened lemonade drink mix, kool-aid or off brand.  **This may stain your dispenser but hasn't on mine and I've been using it for a month.  A substitute would be citric acid (1/2 cup).  It should be in the canning aisle.
  4. 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt or Kosher.  I used Kosher because that's what I had.  Not sure the difference.
  5. I used vinegar for the rinsing agent.  You can also use Lemi Shine rinse aid.  If your dishes are coming out with spots on them that means you do need a rinse aid.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a container, pitcher, coffee can etc. 
  • Use 1 Tbs of dish powder
  • Fill rinse agent compartment with white vinegar
And away you go at $0.05 per load versus $0.14 per load to a comprable brand name detergent.  Again with the I can't believe I used to pay almost 3 times as much as I do now.  Oh how much money did I throw away on soap all these years?  At least I'm making progress even though I may seem crazy to some.

Happy Detergent Making. 

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