So I decided last month to make my own laundry detergent. That is working so well I decided to try and make my own dish soap and dishwasher detergent. Here is the recipe I made up: 1/2 bar of soap (I used the trusty Ivory) and melt that in 32 ounces of water. I shaved it up using a grater, got the water hot, stirred it, and then let it sit. It turned out well, but when I washed dishes with it, it just didn’t suds up. I am really disappointed. I’m going to keep using the regular cheap dish soap from the store until I can find a good recipe for homemade dish soap. I’m just going to use this as liquid hand soap for the time being so it doesn’t get wasted.
I did, however, make a successful homemade dishwasher detergent recipe, and that is as follows:
1 part borax to 1 part baking soda. I started out with one cup borax, one cup baking soda.
I used two tablespoons per load and it works really well. Sometimes I use vinegar in the rinse cycle. Vinegar is amazing. It is one of my cleaning staples! I also use vinegar for cleaning my carpets. The smell is a little overwhelming at first, but once it dries it is not noticeable and it does a great job cleaning carpets! It leaves the carpet so soft and fluffy, and it not a nasty chemical like the commercial cleaners. Try it some time!
What are some homemade cleaning products that you make and use?