Back in the day, when I was first learning about all the harmful chemicals hiding in my home, I would buy Cascade (or the generic form) dish detergent. I had already started making my own laundry soap and decided to take a look at what EWG had to say about my dish soap.
I went to EWG.org and found that it scored an F! Cleaning products are rated on an A-F scale, so Cascade seriously flunked lol! I don’t know about y’all but it is seriously disheartening to see about how many harmful chemicals my family was exposed to daily. I am so glad that I am not using this detergent anymore.
I went on the hunt for a DIY dish detergent I could make myself. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I found many recipes and combined a few that I found to come up with the one below.
Now in fairness, Borax has also received some bad reviews and some people are hesitant to use it. I use it, but have plans to try going without it in my next round of soap. I’ll get back to you on how it turns out. I have added a suggestion below in the recipe for those who would like to take the Borax out.
DIY Dish Detergent
- 2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 2 Cups Borax**
- 1 Cup Kosher Salt
- 2 Cup Citric Acid or 2 cups of Lemi Shine*
- 10 drops each Lemon & Wild Orange essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients together in a rubbermaid container. You can store them in Ball Mason Jars or a nice glass jar. Use 1T per load.
- Make sure to break all the clumps of Borax and washing soda up. I also leave mine open for a few days, stirring a few times throughout the day to make sure that it doesn’t dry into a giant brick. This happens because of the citric acid. Many people who just close theirs up end up having their detergent dry up and have a REALLY fun time getting it out! If you experience spots and need a rinse aid, put a glass cup in the top rack with a little vinegar in it. I just leave a cup in there and refill it each time.
- *If you have soft water, reduce to 1 cup. This recipe is for those of us with hard water.
- **If you don’t like the idea of using Borax in your dish detergent, you can omit it and add one cup of baking soda instead.
Health and Blessings,