Natural Dishwasher Detergent and Rinse Aid
If it’s one thing I’m really funny about, it’s what goes IN my body. So I’m really picky about what I choose to use on my dishes.
Dishes touch food. Food is consumed.
I don’t want to consume anything that may have adverse effects on my health.
A couple of years ago I decided to try and make my own dish detergent, you know, be all frugal and stuff. But the problem was, they either didn’t work, or they had borax in them. And while I’m ok with borax as a laundry detergent, I’m not ok with ingesting it myself since I also use it as an ant killer.
I’d love to know if you have a homemade detergent that actually works, preferably works with well water.
For now I buy detergent, and though it may not be 100% natural, I know it’s a safer alternative than conventional products. I’ve tried a few of them, and the one that works best for us is Seventh Generation. My dishes come out clean with little to no residue. Usually none, unless I stick a plate with peanut butter or a bowl with oatmeal in there. The only one that really, really didn’t work was BioKleen. This one left my dishwasher with a thick, gross film over the entire thing. I had to take out my racks and spray them off outside with a hose. Dishes came out….ok, but many had to be rewashed.
Natural Rinse Aid
To help offset the cost of more expensive detergent, and to help keep my dishes toxin clean, I use vinegar in as a rinse aid instead of buying it. This simple ingredient keeps my glasses clear and dishes rinsed free from crud.
It doesn’t really take any directions either, but in case you need to how-to:
1. Open the rinse aid compartment in your dishwasher.
2. Fill with white vinegar.
3. Wash as normal!
What do you use in your dishwasher (or sink if you don’t have one)?