Since phosphorous was banned in NY as an ingredient in dishwasher detergents (and many other states as well) I have wanted to start making my own automatic dishwasher soap. Banning phosphorous was good for the environment, but not good when it came to getting clean dishes. So why bother buying the soaps when I can make it myself and get the same, if not better, results for less money? Well, I finally did it! It is a simple recipe, and though I am not thrilled about using Borax, I already had it in the closet so I chose to use a recipe that included it. I still don't use it in my DIY Laundry Soap, but considering the fact that the dishes have a final extra high temperature rinse, I tried the recipe with Borax and it was a success! This works really well so until I find a better DIY alternative and or run out of Borax, it's the recipe I will be using!
Warning: Do not inhale any of the powdered dust that is created. I recommend wearing a dust mask as you make it. FYI - this is true for ALL powdered dishwasher soaps! Check out the MSDS for Powdered Cascade.
For Additional Information:
I found this after I made the soap above. It has some very useful information about the different ingredients that go into making DIY Dishwasher Soap and how to correct a few problems you might have with respect to your dishes getting clean or not. 10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.
Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!