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DIY Dishwasher Tablets – ToxinFree – Green Cleaning – Safe
There’s a lot of dishwasher detergent recipes out there, but I like the convenience of tablets or pods. I wanted to try making my own tabs, so I looked up every recipe I could find online, read reviews about them, a tweaked the recipes to help combat some of the negative feedback.
I knew I didn’t want to make a recipe using Borax, and found a few using baking soda and citric acid. I was surprised by the difference in ratios of those two ingredients. Some recipes called for 1 cup of baking soda and just 1/4 cup citric acid. Other recipes called for the exact opposite, with 1 cup of citric acid and just 1/4 cup of baking soda!
Based on the things I read about using the different recipes, it seemed that using a lot more citric acid didn’t clean the dishes as well, and a lot more baking soda left a residue. I decided to use equal parts of both, and add essential oils I learned about while taking my Aromatherapy Certification course.
I tried out my recipe a couple of times, to be sure it worked well, and I’m really really pleased! I was worried there would be a white powdery residue on all the dishes and all over the inside of the machine but…
Everything came out sparkling clean!
Ready to ditch overpriced dishwasher detergent, unwanted toxic chemicals, and make your own awesome dishwasher tablets? Not only is this effective, but it’s also really fun to make, so get the kids involved! The ingredients are completely safe to have touch skin, and even make for a fantastic sensory experience.
3/4 Cup Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Citric Acid
1 TBS unscented liquid dish soap or Shaklee Basic H2
Abt 20 drops of Essential oils — I used 7 drops of each of the following oils
Lemon – known for being a degreaser
Tea tree – antiseptic, can help remove bacteria throughout the machine
Lavender – has been shown to remove stains on dishes, and gives these tabs an awesome scent.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. This is really fun to do because the citric acid causes a chemical reaction with the baking soda and dish soap, and the mix turns into a fun to play with foam that is similar to putty. Next time I do this, my 7 year old will do all the mixing!
Once combined it’s easy to work with the foam, and press into molds. I used a silicone ice cube tray. The mixture expanded, so I waited about 30 minutes, then removed the excess, and set the tray aside to harden. All of the excess made additional tabs for me to use in the dishwasher.
When my 10 year old came home from school he squealed with delight when he saw the red silicone tray and little white heart shapes. They filled the kitchen with a really lovely smell, and he thought they were something I’d made for him! (My kids LOVE bath bombs) The combination of the tea tree, lemon and lavender oils worked exceptionally well. The tea tree wasn’t overpowering and medicinal at all. They mostly smelled of lavender, with a bright happiness from the lemon oil.
I allowed the tablets to harden for 24 hours, removed from the mold and set aside for another 24 hours before putting them into a glass jar. If you put them together too soon they will stick together.
TIP: I highly recommend using a silicone ice cube tray, versus a regular hard plastic ice cube tray, to make it easier to pop the tablets out of the mold.
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