Make your own dish tabs with only 3 ingredients!

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Dish tabs are essential to cleaning dishes in the dish washer, but they can be very expensive, especially if you find yourself doing a load every day. Dish tabs can also be harmful and toxic, which is not something you want to come into contact with your dishes necessarily. Since store-bought dish tabs can include ingredients like ammonia, chlorine bleach or formaldehyde, it may be worthwhile to start making your own at home with ingredients you can trust to be safe. Jessica, the author of Mom 4 Real lifestyle blog, has the perfect cleaning recipe to get you started on your way to making dish tabs on your own. Her cleaning method involves just three ingredients, two of which you may already have on hand. If you want to find safer cleaning methods in your home, check out Jessica’s instructions with how-to photos. You will be amazed by how effective these homemade dishwasher tabs can be.

One of the most important ingredients in this recipe is natural baking soda, which is both a common household cleaner and baking ingredient. Baking soda can freshen smells, cut through grease and lift stains from upholstery and dishes. When baking soda and water are combined, the mixture forms a paste which helps break down stains, grease and grime from whatever you apply it to. This is why baking soda is so often soaked with stained baking and cookware, or applied to hard water stains. This fact makes Jessica’s dish tabs for cleaning particularly effective. Citric acid is another important cleaning ingredient here because it can also break down dirt easily. In fact, citric acid’s effectiveness has led to lemon and citrus juice being used for natural cleaning solutions, because they contain naturally occurring citric acid. In the case of these dish tabs, powdered citric acid is used, which has a much more concentrated amount than from fresh fruit, and is, therefore, more effective. Citric acid is widely available too, as you can find it in the baking aisle of your grocery store or bulk food stores. You can also order citric acid online if you can’t find it locally.

Another ingredient in this cleaning solution is dish liquid, which will help sanitise the dishes and provide additional foaming action to the dish tabs. While Jessica uses dawn soup in this dish tab recipe, she notes that any variety of dish cleaning liquid will do. The key is to have something moist that will help the dry ingredients adhere together slightly, as well as help sanitise the dishes. There will be no need for you to go out and purchase another variety of dish soap to make these dish tabs. Jessica’s photos show how she mixes the baking soda with the dish soap and citric acid, plus what she uses to shape the mixture into pods. She even provides beautiful printable labels that you can put on your container for storing the finished pods.

If you are on the search for non toxic cleaners, these dish tabs will be an excellent replacement to toxic store-bought dish pods and just as effective at killing the bacteria. Also, the finished dishes will be bright and shiny, just as you would expect with traditional store-bought dish pods. This cleaning recipe uses reasonably priced ingredients as well, which means you will save money in the long run since you won’t have to purchase the more expensive store-bought dish tabs. Three household ingredients will be all you need to make the best dish washing tabs ever. Thank you to Jessica, the author of Mom 4 Real lifestyle blog, for sharing her instructions for making your own dish tabs with only three ingredients.

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