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Powdered Dishwasher Soap/Kitchen Cleanser
March 19, 2010
6:41 pm
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CindyP
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I have found many recipes online for homemade dishwasher soap, but none of them have really worked that great.  Today I combined everything together from all of the recipes and it works great!  I also use it as a kitchen cleanser for my stainless steel sink (and anything else that needs a little scrubbing/mild abrasive cleaning) I keep it in an old canning jar on my sink.

 

Dishwasher Soap – Powdered & Kitchen Cleanser

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

1 cup canning salt (canning salt has no additives)

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid or 4 envelopes of lemonade mix with no sugar

Put in a container with a tight fitting lid.  Don't allow it to get wet!  The citric acid when mixed with water will harden up.

Use 1-2 Tbl per load.

 

Also, I use white vinegar in the rinse compartment.

 

Note:  I noticed that this fizzed when I put it in the compartments, so I did some research.  With alkaselter, there is citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). When you drop the tablet in water, the acid and the baking soda react — this produces the fizz.

 

Note:  Mine did get hard when it got wet–I added enough water too make it a gel and used it that way instead.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 3, 2011
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Ruthmarie
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CindyP said:

Note:  Mine did get hard when it got wet–I added enough water too make it a gel and used it that way instead.

I'm coming to the end of a commercial container of dishwashing gel and was thinking of refilling with your recipe … do you have any idea how much water you added or was it a cup-at-time until the right consistency?  The second cup w/flip lid in my aging dishwasher jams too easily if the powdered form cakes it shut, hence the use of gel now.  Thank you for the successful tweaks to the recipe!

April 3, 2011
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Can't wait to try this!  Do you buy your washing soda online?  I can't find any place around here that sells it. 

There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.

 


April 3, 2011
5:52 pm
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I get mine at WalMart in the laundry aisle.  Our local grocery stores have it also.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 3, 2011
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homesteadmama said:

Can't wait to try this!  Do you buy your washing soda online?  I can't find any place around here that sells it. 

Yes, you can get A&H washing soda on-line, but you'll have to pay shipping.  I know Amazon has it, and I was a bit sorry I didn't try to find it locally first.

 

If you go to A&H website, they have a 'find it locally' option.

thelaundrybasket.com

 

At that link it gave me this information:

“We
offer Super Washing Soda in a 55-ounce carton. If you are having
trouble locating this product, you may want to ask your local store
manager to order it for you. It may be helpful to provide the UPC
number: 33200-03020.”

I went to my local grocery store and told them the UPC and they ordered it! 

 

Good luck!

…and then they bought the goat! :D

December 12, 2011
12:54 pm
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Hmmm…I know that this is an older post already, but I was wondering if you had tried the gel as a hand washing dish soap. I know that I read somewhere about washing soda not being good on hands, so I was wondering if it would be best used while wearing gloves?

I also read elsewhere that if you put this mixture into ice cube trays in the right amounts to go directly into your washing machine, that you only need to add a touch of water (I wonder if humidity while you shower would be enough), that your cubes will then harden and you can pop them out and put them in a container to be used that way.

I also read that vinegar can be very hard on dishwasher seals and void a warranty. Just something to take note of. To replace a seal isn't cheap.

January 10, 2012
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I have used this powder with citric acid for dishwasher detergent for many months. At first it clumped so badly it was unusable. Then I added some dry rice to absorb the moisture and it helped, but didn't eliminate clumping altogether and I didn't like putting rice in my dishwasher. The clumping is the citric acid absorbing moisture which makes it work not so well in the dishwasher.

It did work VERY well when first mixed, however and all the dishes came out sparkling clean with no detergent residue whatsoever. It's the citric acid that does that. Now I use store bought dishwasher detergent or my own homemade without citric acid in it. I keep the citric acid in a small jar by itself and just sprinkle a little into each load. We are much happier doing it this way and with very little added trouble. I top up the rinse agent each time anyway.

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January 10, 2012
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Thanks Sheryl!

 

It's good to know as I hadn't tried dish soap yet, only laundry soap and I'm looking forward to trying it. wink

…and then they bought the goat! :D

August 3, 2012
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We ran out of our commercial/green stuff and the last time I’d bought it, it was $8! So, we decided to make our own. What I used was 1/2 and 1/2 washing soda and borax. With a little vinegar in the rinse aid compartment, it worked fine.

 

btw, we have a LOT of iron/particulate in our well, my toilet looks like I never scrub it (eek!) although I do and the dishwasher has a white crust around the top edge that needs to be dissolved with vinegar weekly.

 

I’ve only used this a few times. I rearranged my pantry overflow and there was a forgotten box of soap. I’m going to use that up before I go to HM exclusively.

 

Do any of the other ingredients help with particulate and/or iron issues?

 

Thanks! —

Teacup

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August 3, 2012
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  I have used this for a while,  and gave a big jar to each of my kids for Christmas last year.

   1 cup washing soda

   1 cup borax

  1 grated bar of Fels Naptha

     (  pay the little guy to grate )  

      

  TSP  works great on rust and hard water particulate ( love that word !)   but it is abrasive,  so I just wipe every couple of days…

laur

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