Homemade dishwasher detergent might sound crazy, but I am attempting to make everything that we use in our house from scratch. This way I can get the toxins out and save a little cash! Dishwasher detergent was next on my list but after searching for the “recipe” I kept coming up with ingredient lists that included Borax. I do use Borax in my homemade laundry detergent, but something about using it on our dishes just seemed wrong. I looked it up on the Environmental Working Group website and here is what I found:
Egads! I do not want to bathe our dinnerware in a substance that causes endocrine disruption and that has negative reproductive effects! I just might have to change my laundry detergent formulary too. So, I searched a little more and found a recipe that did NOT include Borax.
Note: if you store your detergent in an area with high moisture, like under your sink, it can clump and even harden. To avoid this, simply put some rice in a sock and put it into the container or put some of these into the container to absorb the moisture and keep it a nice powder.
Here is where you can find the ingredients:
I bet you are wondering what the heck is in the other ingredients. Well, I looked that up too…
Here is what I found out:
Lemi-Shine: the EWG didnt have a thing on their website and I found the actual Lemi-Shine website not to be very user friendly at all. But, then I found this guy (a chemist) and after much testing and analysis he decided that Lemi-Shine is harmless and, at the end of the day, its just citric acid. I’m cool with that. I took enough chemistry in college to appreciate his effort and take it for what its worth. I do not want to go back to the lab.
Baking Soda: harmless (c’mon, we put it in our food after all), its just sodium bicarbonate
Sea Salt: harmless, its salt!
So, after much investigation I have decided that this recipe is the one I am sticking with! It also has been getting my dishes super clean….without any endocrine disruption. Win, win!
For more DIY Toxin Free Cleaning recipes for your home, check out this awesome book written by my friend Heather from the Mommypotamus