Easy DIY Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

June 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm 6 comments

After a relaxing, satisfying dinner, who feels like doing the dishes? No one. We’ve tried a few different methods to find the most effortless, automatic dish washing solution ever. It’s not only the dishwasher detergent you’re using, it’s the whole process that can make your dish washing hassles easier. So here it is, the easiest, greenest and most effective method along with the homemade recipe.

Ingredients: Baking soda. Borax. White Vinegar (Optional).
What else you’ll need:
A shaker. You can use a plastic flip-top or stainless-steel (powdered sugar) shaker. Make sure to label it.

This is our solution to cleaning up the dishes in the most inexpensive, lazy and effortless way:

Instructions:
1. As you are piling the dirty dishes in the sink, scrape off the lumpy food and shake on some baking soda. This is a fast and easy way to cut down on odors as well as getting a start on dissolving the grease and grime. The baking soda works best if slightly wet. Use more for the stuck-on food and greasy dishes. Let the wet baking soda sit on the dishes for at least 5 minutes.

2. Here’s the lazy-day part. You don’t have to load the dishes right away. Yes, you can even leave them in the sink for hours, even days! The damp baking soda will keep them sweet-smelling and the food soft. Use a spray bottle-of water to dampen them if you’d like.

3. Now, when you’re feeling a bit more energetic, you can load those dishes from the sink straight to the dishwasher. No rinsing required! Add your homemade dishwashing detergent (see our quick n’ easy recipe below) to the closed dispenser only and start the machine. Glistening, gleaming dishes will await you. This simple procedure absolutely eliminates the need to put extra automatic-dish washer detergent in the open dispenser. You can reduce the amount of detergent you use in the closed dispenser as well. Try filling I up only halfway. You’ll be amazed at how little you can use.

Quick n’ easy Dishwashing Detergent Recipe:
Mix 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 2 Tablespoons Borax.  (You can find Borax in the detergent isle, on the top or bottom shelves for about $2 for a large box).

Tips:
• Nobody likes to do this, but washing pots and pans by hand makes a lot of sense and in many cases can end up saving time. Get your favorite scrubber, squirt your dish washing liquid in, and start scrubbing. Use baking soda to absorb grease before dipping sponge into greasy pans so you don’t waste time trying to get the sponge “degreased” before moving on to the next pot. Pots and pans should go straight into the dish rack for open air drying. This saves the hassle and time of trying to fit those awkward pots and pans into a dish washing machine that was not designed for them anyway.
• If your washing machine is not washing too well, try cleaning it by running it two or three times without any dishes in it. This will help to clear away any food scraps or other hidden gunk that is stopping it from cleaning.

In case you forget to sprinkle baking soda before loading the dishwasher:
Go ahead and sprinkle the baking soda on the already-loaded dishes. This method doesn’t work as well because the dishes are facing down toward the sprayer and not up where you are sprinkling the soda. Taking a handful of baking soda and tossing it up onto the dishes sort of works. But please, don’t use baking soda on your aluminum pots and pans. If left on for a very long time, the baking soda reacts with the aluminum and discolors it brown or gray.

Enjoy!

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  • 2. Marj McClendon  |  July 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I, too, am excited to try this. What a savings it would mean for us.
    gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • 3. alemom4  |  June 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I think this is great & am going to have my dh & ds try this since they are in charge of dishes!! Love it, thx:);)

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  • 4. STKC  |  June 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! This sounds easy and cheap! I’m going to try this the next time we run the dishwasher! Thanks for posting this!!

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  • 5. Genice Daniels Wingert  |  June 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I usually put dishwasher liquid in one cup and in the second cup I fill with baking soda. Works wonders.

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  • 6. Amie White  |  June 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I’m excited to try this! I’ve been wondering if there was a good dishwasher soap recipe around.

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