As with many household problems, the best solution is often the easiest. I have been trying many different so-called “eco-friendly” commercial dishwasher detergents, but mostly they just don’t work. It’s really annoying to have “clean” dishes come out the same way you put them in (see picture on left, above).
One day I was completely out of dishwasher detergent with a full load of dirty dishes to wash. Since there was no way I was going to take out the dishes and wash them all by hand, I scoured the cupboards for a suitable substitute.
What I came upon worked 10 times better than the expensive “eco” detergent I had been buying, and only costs pennies per load. With just TWO ingredients: baking soda and Lemi-Shine (an all-natural citric acid), my dishes were clean and shiny for the first time in weeks!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:
It’s so easy! Combine:
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1-2 tsp Lemi-Shine
- 1 tsp water