Finding the best dishwashing detergent and savings for your budget can be a bit challenging at first, but there are a few different alternatives that you can try. You really want a cleaning solution that’s going to do the job, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money. No-one wants to wash their dishes twice in a row, right? And, if you’re interested in green cleaning, natural dishwashing detergents, and do-it-yourself dishwasher soap recipes, you’ll want to check out those options as well. You can even try the suggested dishwashing detergent in this article, as well as an all-natural one that you’ve made yourself, and see which one works best.
For a DIY dishwashing detergent that’s easy on the environment and comes highly recommended across the internet, all you will need is sea salt, baking soda, a few drops of your favourite all-natural dishwashing liquid, and – if you like, a few drops of essential oil like rosemary, lemon, or lavender, to give it a fresh, clean scent. Load your dishwasher as usual, then add a few drops of the liquid soap to the dishwasher cup, pour in the baking soda til it’s three-quarters full, then top off with the sea salt granules. Run your load through and you might be pleasantly surprised with the end results. Making your own dish detergent in this way can save you a lot of time and money, as well. You won’t have to keep running to the store every time you run out of the commercial cleaner, batches tend to last a long time, and as far as money goes, it only costs a few pennies per load – which is mighty impressive, considering your favourite store-bought dishwashing detergent costs between thirteen and twenty cents per load. You can also feel good about using all-natural ingredients that aren’t putting a strain on the environment. And, you’re not using toxic chemicals that are harmful to you and your family. Simply keep a good supply of salt, baking soda, and green dish soap around and you’ll be good to go for weeks on end. If you’re looking for another DIY detergent that has a little more kick to it, you could also try concocting a mixture that’s two parts baking soda, two parts Borax, one part citric acid, and one part salt. Once it’s mixed, place the detergent in an air-tight container and use a tablespoon per load. Although there’s much debate about Borax on the web, as to whether it’s truly “green” or not, it is still a much more natural, healthier option than using other commercial cleaners.
Many thanks to Kelley Wilson over at the Miss Information website for sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with us. Kelly recommends a specific dish detergent brand that has worked well for her, doesn’t cost very much, and gets the job done – even with the dirtiest dishes. If you’re looking for more helpful housecleaning hints, as well as project galleries, recipes, and parenting tips, you’ll want to check out Miss Information.*
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