There is nothing worse than a freshly washed batch of “cloudy” dishes. I can not stand opening up my dishwasher of just washed dishes to see yucky mucky dishes. I have seen many different homemade dish cleaners on Pinterest, from liquid to powdered. Being a liquid dishwasher detergent user, I was hesitant to try a Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent. After realizing that I had most of the ingredients already I thought that I would give it a whirl.
What you need for your Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent:
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup lemi shine
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
( I made a half batch, just in case I didn’t like it. That is the half batch recipe)
How to make and use your Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent:
- Mix all of your ingredients together until mixed well
- store in an air tight container.
- Use 1 tbs of detergent per load of dishes
In the original post it says that this dishwasher soap can clump up and you have to leave it out and stir it frequently to avoid it being one huge detergent mess. Well….we were not an exception to the clumping. I tried it first and then Miranda tried it also. I stored my Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent mixture in an old butter tub, and it clumped up within a day. I also asked Miranda about hers, and she stored hers in a container with a rubber seal around the top, and her Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent clumped up also.
*Even with the clumping issues, the Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent worked very well. I noticed a HUGE difference in everything plastic I own! I have some plastic cups and plates that I use for my children and they came out looking spotless!
All of my glass dishes are about the same.
Although this Homemade Dishwasher detergent works wonders on my plastic wear, I am not sure I will make it on a regular basis. I guess I am a hard core Liquid detergent kind of a gal. Well, that and the fact that I am too lazy to break out a butter knife and chop it to bits every time that I need to wash a load of dishes. If you
are bothered by the clumping detergent then this is not the test pin for you, but if you don’t mind chopping it into bits then this is a great alternative to the store bought kind.