The first time I made this automatic dishwasher detergent, I fell in love with the scent of eucalyptus that wafted out with the steam. I have been hooked on it for more than two years, and have never gone back to store-bought detergents.
Originally, I switched to a homemade solution due to multiple food allergies. Not only do I react when I ingest foods containing these ingredients, but any contact with my skin with also produce rashes and other unpleasant issues. So I began to research and make all my own cleaning, bath and personal care products.
It seems there are a treasure trove of different formulas for homemade detergents. I like this one because it does not include any mystery ingredients that could be contaminated and unsafe for me. Also, I like to harness the added power in essential oils whenever I can. Eucalyptus essential oil is known to be an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic. Plus, well, it makes the kitchen smell great!
If you are new at DIY cleaning products, you will find this mixture easy to make and use, and the ingredients relatively simple to locate. I purchase them in bulk and make up a batch or two at a time. It lasts me a very long time and costs so much less than even the cheapest store brand.
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. I put a cup of washing soda in my jar, then baking soda, then the oil, second cup of washing soda, and then the borax. I use my fingers to mix it all up and break up any clumps. To scoop it out, I have dedicated an old metal tablespoon. I use about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons per load.
There are people who find the dishes get a light whitish residue from homemade detergents. It doesn’t affect the food and I prefer it to having chemicals. If this bothers you, you can use distilled white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly.
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