Commercial dish wash powders and tablets have some terrible ingredients, last year I looked into the ingredients contained in Finish Powerball and couldn’t believe how many were highly toxic.
There are 25 known ingredients (most of them terrible for the environment and you) as listed on EWG’s site; the product comes with a hazard warning and the Material Safety Data Sheet is seven pages long! Choosing to go natural is is a big step on the path to keeping your family, yourself and our plant safe from these types of nasty allergens and pollutants.
Fortunately there’s only four ingredients in this recipe for Citrus Dishwasher Powder, and one tub does more than 60 washes. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own you can always buy our ready made Lemon Dishwasher Powder
Citrus Dishwasher Powder*
1 ½ cup of borax
¼ cup of citric acid (purchase from the supermarket)
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
Place all in a container with a good lid and shake until thoroughly combined, pop in a couple of silica sachets (I save mine from packets of tortillas and the like) this will help to keep dishwasher powder powdery, if it does go a little hard give it a few stabs with a butter knife and a really good shake. This powder will not be totally powdery due to the ingredients, but it doesn’t need to be rock hard either, if yours is too hard blend it again and make sure to keep the lid sealed between uses.
Use 1 Tbsp per load. And fill up the rinse compartment with Wendyl’s Double Strength White Vinegar for sparkly dishes.
*If you live in a area with hard water you may find you need to add 2 Tbsp of Soda Ash to this recipe, try the recipe and adjust if necessary.