If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed a different recipe…um yep, sorry about that!. 🙂 But we’ve changed it for 2 reasons…
1. Because we’ve improved it beyond imagination! Seriously!!
2. When we started down our path of natural living, we were more focused on personal care products, and as far as we could tell, borax was stated to be very natural and very safe. So our original recipe contained borax. It worked okay, but also left a white film on the dishes. The vinegar rinse helped tons, but wasn’t quite perfect.
When one of our viewers, Angela, pointed out that the EWG had rated Borax as being highly toxic, we decided to look into it further. We checked a lot of studies and sources, here is one citation on pubmed, which indicates low levels of toxicity to humans, with a possibility of higher levels as well. But going back to our roots and our original hunch, if there is enough controversy, or any indication of toxicity at all, we prefer to look for another alternative. It’s about playing it safe.
Actually, before we get to the good stuff, have you looked at the ingredients in commercial dishwashing soap? Or, have you noticed that you can’t??? Because in many countries (including the US) companies don’t have to list the ingredients used in cleaning products. Crazy, huh?! You’ll only find the ones the poison control will need in order to get help when a loved one becomes poisoned. ugh.
So we say–if they won’t list their ingredients DON’T buy their products! If they’re proud of the ingredients they’re using, you know they’d be happy to list them.
But they do have to list the cautions–and if those aren’t enough to scare you, we don’t know what is…
We’ve been busy dirtying as many dishes as possible so we could clean, clean, clean. And this formula was a sparkling success I had been seriously dreaming of–the results were almost shocking–my dishes looked better than ever! My glass dishes were clear and spotless. This DIY Natural Dishwasher detergent recipe only took about 2 1/2 minutes to make too. What more could you want?! If you think of something, let us know! lol! 🙂
Guess what? There are NO huge bolded warnings to scare you to death (literally! 🙂 And this detergent works as well, without any reason to live in constant fear that your children might decide to drink the stuff! And before you have to ask, I’ll add some affiliate links to products that we recommend because we trust them enough to use them ourselves! 🙂
DIY Natural Dishwasher detergent recipe (Gel) –super easy!
- 1 cup Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 cup distilled water
- 3/4 cup 100% Pure Vegetable Glycerine
- 1/4 cup sea salt (1/8 if you have soft water)
Add essential oils if the castile soap doesn’t contain any–they will also aid in fighting off bacteria.
- 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or 10 drops sweet orange essential oil + 5 drops lemon essential oil)
Mix together in a blender and bam! (use 1-2 tbsps per load) It should be a thick frothy consistency, like a gelled whipping cream. Store in a closed container (glass is our favorite)
The essential oils not only add a wonderful scent to your clean dishes, they also aid with antibacterial and antifungal properties as well.
And another wonderful trick is to add a Rinse Aid, so I’ve added that recipe below…
Rinse Aid: (for rinse cycle)
- Add 1/3 cup white vinegar (I just filled the rinse aid compartment with it)
Don’t worry about your kitchen smelling like Easter eggs, the vinegar smell doesn’t ruin a thing, in fact we found that our dishes had a fresh peppermint smell still from our wash cycle…which was wonderful!
The Rinse Aid acts as a homemade version of ‘jet dry’ to make them sparkling clean! Let us know how you love it!!!
BONUS–FREE PRINTABLES! 🙂
And in case all of this isn’t quite enough, here’s one more thing to make this change over even easier on you! Go ahead and Download our FREE PRINTABLE LABELS for our DIY Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid
Try it out and let us know how you like it!
Laurie & Tiffany