Hey mommas! I've been lurking around on this board for some time now, and I have to say, I'm LOVING all the great ideas I'm getting from you ladies! I haven't posted yet, because I'm finding all the answers in threads that are already here (yay)! I'm sure the answer to this one is already posted up around here somewhere, too - but I seem to have missed it. . .
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has a recipe for a chemical-free detergent for use in my dishwasher that actually does a good job? I'd honestly prefer something that I can make myself, because I'm finding that I'm generally unable to afford buying pre-made eco-friendly products.
Thanks for looking, and thanks again for all the fab ideas I'm finding here! :thumbsup:
03-19-2009, 10:15 PM
1/2 part borax and 1/2 part baking soda =)
03-20-2009, 11:17 AM
I'm with you Chesherca, on the lack of posting because all of the great answers and on my inability to find any decent diswashing det. that we could bring home! Unfortunately though I have spent the $$ on earthfriendly products and nothing seems to work in the dishwasher. I personally try to save by handwashing in a full-water basin but my husband and I are trying to find some sort of middle ground and we can't seem to kick the Cascade!
03-20-2009, 12:16 PM
LOL, Kick the Cascade, eh? I love the way you put that!
I'll try the Borax and Baking soda mix this weekend, thanks!
Any other suggestions?
03-20-2009, 12:20 PM
I would love to try this too. I just bought a HUGE cascade at sam's club because it is the only thing that works. :blush:
03-22-2009, 09:21 AM
I've been using Palmolive eco+. It still has bleach in it :blush: but doesn't have phosphates. It's the same price at the regular Palmolive, and I feel like at least it's a little better. I'm hesitant to try something like baking soda and borax because we were told when we bought our new washer that using powdered detergent significantly reduces the life span of the washer. I would love to find something better/cheaper/ liquid!!!!
03-22-2009, 09:33 AM
03-22-2009, 07:45 PM
I would love to know as well. There are mamas on here that make their own laundry detergent which I tried and love! I found that 7th gen. powder works well for us. I buy it at target and its not much more than cascade, but much better for us and the envir. But, I would much prefer making my own as well. I'm hesitant about the borax tho. I use it in my laundry and it works well but it does say its toxic if eaten. How do I know there won't be any residue on the dishes that we could be ingesting? Or am I just being paranoid?
Let us know if the boax/ baking soda works!
03-22-2009, 08:12 PM
we use mrs meyers and love it
03-22-2009, 08:44 PM
I recently tried the Costco brand of Eco-freindly Dishwasher Det. and have been pretty happy. The cost is comparable to cascade.
03-23-2009, 07:51 PM
Borax and WASHING soda (not baking soda). I use 1/2 T. and 1/2 T. but we have hard water so I have to use extra hot water rinse and play around with the ratios a little.
You must make sure the Borax rinses completely though. It's not good to ingest. I figure though, what's the difference between getting a little of it in the system and Cascade? Borax is natural...
JAG's baby mama
03-23-2009, 08:01 PM
I used this recipe and my dishes came out great. I have very hard water so I used the liquid version from this website, www.naturemoms.com (http://www.naturemoms.com):
Natural Dishwasher Soap Recipe
1/2 CUP LIQUID CASTILLE SOAP *do NOT use regular liquid soap!*
1/2 CUP WATER
1 TEASPOON FRESH LEMON JUICE
3 DROPS OF TEA TREE EXTRACT
1/2 CUP WHITE VINEGAR
COMBINE WATER AND LIQUID CASTILLE SOAP. STIR.
ADD LEMON JUICE, TEA TREE EXTRACT AND VINEGAR.
STIR UNTIL EVENLY BLENDED.
STORE IN A SQUIRT TOP BOTTLE.
USE 2 TABLESPOONS PER DISHWASHER LOAD.
CAUTION! DO NOT USE REGULAR SOAP IN PLACE OF CASTILLE, UNLESS IT IS LOW SUDSING SOAP..... OTHERWISE, YOUR DISHWASHER WILL OVERFLOW!
3 Tbs Baking soda
1 Tbs Borax
2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Mix and use in dishwasher
See also: Natural Carpet Shampoo Recipe (http://www.naturemoms.com/natural-carpet-cleaner-recipe.html) & other Clean Solutions (http://www.naturemoms.com/clean-solutions.html). Also see Natural Dishwasher Detergents (http://www.naturemoms.com/natural-dishwasher-detergents.html) for safety ratings on commercially available dishwasher detergents.
03-23-2009, 09:14 PM
I've heard several people say borax and baking soda or borax and washing soda. I think I did borax, baking soda, and citric acid. It leaves white stuff on my dishes, so we went back to the Planet detergent. We still use vinegar in the jet dry area, though.
03-25-2009, 10:27 AM
Thanks JAG's mama, I think I'm gonna give that castile soap one a try since I have all the ingredients already.