The other day I went on a quest to find a chemical free dish detergent recipe that I could make at home. We have been slowly switching everything in our house to chemical-free products and this month it was time to switch our dish detergents!! My husband had bought some Seventh Generation dish liquid the other day but a small bottle cost about $4! With the amount of dishes we go through in our house I can’t imagine that it would last very long! So I thought I would share the one I made and use.
1 1/2 c. Lemi-shine
1 1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. sea salt
Mix it all together! Voila! Use 1-2 Tbsp. per load.
Now in addition to this I also poured about 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar in the rinse compartment of our dishwasher. I am very pleased with the result! There were no weird smells coming from my dishwasher and everything was clean! Making the detergent was the easy part- finding the materials was the hard part.
Lemi-shine runs around $3.53 in stores (you can purchase it on Amazon but it is very pricey) and you do use the entire container for the recipe above. But it wasn’t nearly as cost effective as I was hoping for so I have since cut my Lemi-shine in half for each recipe. It cleans best, however, when you use the entire bottle so you may want to try it out and see what works for you.
Although the Lemi-shine makes this recipe a bit more expensive than I would like I LOVE it and I LOVE knowing that it is non-toxic. There is no Borax, bleach or other harsh chemicals involved. For the Washing Soda and Baking Soda I can find those both in our laundry detergent aisle. I use sea salt, but I have read many other recipes that just said table salt….so the verdict is out on this one!