Before I take a brief blogging hiatus to devote time to updating and upgrading the blog (yay!!!), I wanted to share this easy recipe for making your own dishwasher soap! DID YOU KNOW that traditional dishwasher detergents are made with several toxic chemicals, and if you use Cascade (among others), it got a big fat “F” from the Environmental Working Group?! I was a little relieved to see that the Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs we were most recently using at least got a B, but there are still concerns for our health that I don’t want to risk. Check out the rating for the brand YOU use and ask yourself, “Just how sure am I that all of that actually rinses completely off my dishes before my family eats or drinks off of them?”. These are the things that haunt my mind the more that I learn about what’s truly in the products we buy at the store.
Peace of mind can be found, though, by making your own, and it’s super easy! I used the recipe from this video from Dr. Katie Resick who is a chiropractor and fellow Young Living distributor. I’ve been using it for a few days now and love it!
You will need:
Glass jar (I reused one from marinara sauce)
Mason jar lid with holes punched or this cool shaker lid that I found on Amazon
*looks like it’s currently unavailable with the two sizes like I got but you can get a regular size here
1/4 cup citric acid (can buy in bulk here or get smaller size at Wal Mart near mason jars)
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax (found in laundry section at Wal Mart)
15 drops each of lemon and orange Young Living essential oils (contact me and I can order for you!)
*Other great options are Purification, Tea Tree, and Thieves! Mix it up and try different things!
To make the detergent, simply put all the ingredients in a glass bowl to stir, a shaker jar, or if you get the shaker top like I did, you could shake it in the jar you’re using to store it in. NOTE: Do NOT store essential oils in plastic. If you use plastic to shake it, be sure to move to a glass jar after. I love the shaker top that I got because it not only made making the detergent so easy and fast, but it also makes putting in the dishwasher a breeze! I just shake about 1-2 tablespoons in the dishwasher (I put it in the detergent compartment but I think some just shake it into the dishwasher). If you use a mason jar lid with holes, be sure to store it with a different lid to keep it air tight.
This weekend we’re going to be painting and I have quite a list of posts coming up, but for the next couple of weeks I have some behind the scenes stuff to do as I transition my blog to WordPress, work on a redesign with my blog designer, upgrade content and photos, etc. As much as I have to force myself to walk away from blogging just for a bit, the time spent focusing on these upgrades will be well worth it for both of us! Can’t wait to show you the changes!