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Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY Dishwasher Powder

We don't have a dishwasher, but Wendyl Nissen has tested this recipe and we trust her. Commercial dishwasher powder is unbelievably toxic so if you have little ones around then you should really give this a try. The recipe can be found on Wendyl Nissen's newletter (I hasn't made it on to her website yet) or get it right here:

Amazing Dishwasher Powder
I've finally been able to test the recipe I have given out before which was sent to me by a reader. It's quite fantastic. I've adjusted it slightly but you'll love it and can be safe in the knowledge that it is cheaper and less toxic than the commercial ones. This does have a little borax in it which is toxic in high doses, but shouldn't be swallowed so do keep this in your old dishwasher powder bottle with a child preventing screw cap on it.

½ cup of borax 
½ cup soda ash (this is powdered washing soda, not the crystals. Try Trade Me or
¼ cup of citric acid
½ cup salt (not iodised))
10 drops of lemon essential oil 
Place all in a plastic container and shake.
Use 1 Tbsp per load. Use white vinegar in the rinse compartment.

Let us know how it works.


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