I have found a new hobby which is to make my own cleaning and personal care products. I have no clue why this excites me… it’s much like the cloth diapers. I am fully aware that these are not for everyone as about one year ago I thought people who did this were weird hippies with weird amounts of free time on their hands. I guess since I was born and raised in Portland it’s in my blood to be a weird hippie/tree hugger??? I also drive a Subaru?? and I love Columbia brand and Chacos??? Hmmm… anyways moving on.
My two favorite blogs to follow My Blessed Home and Passionate Homemaking have links to this dishwasher soap (just type it into their search engines) and I have been using this for about 4 months now. In Arizona with the hard water you really had to give your dishes a good scrub before putting them in the dishwasher but here in Colorado I find my scrubbing time less : ) Here’s the recipe:
1 cup Dr. Bronner Sal Suds
1 1/2 cups White Vinegar
1 cup water
2 tsp. lemon juice
6 drops tea tree oil
Use 1 Tlbs. per load
I store mine in what is actually a beverage container (so be sure not to confuse it!) and I write the recipe on the front so when I run out it’s right there to make another batch. I also sprinkle 2 tsp. (approximately) of baking soda on top of the soap once it’s in the dishwasher which helps cut the grease on the dishes to make them cleaner.
The two blogs estimate the cost of this recipe to be 5 – 6 cents per load!
I absolutely love this soap, it is all natural, cheap and I love love love the smell of Sal Suds with it’s use of Fir and Spruce essential oils… then mixed in with the lemon juice and tea tree oil… yummy!