Ok. So I know we're a few more weeks away from official spring, but I must confess even after four years in the great PNW I am still delighted by the early signs of the new season. Spring makes me want to open the windows and force fresh air into the neglected corners of our home. Isn't there something thrilling about having the windows open on a sunny spring day, with some good tunes playing while doing those first "spring cleans"? Or is that just me? (crickets)
As cleaners around the house get used up I've been making an effort to make my own replacements. Or as it sometimes goes - saving those empty containers and making due with what I have until there is nothing left in the house to use.... When I finally got around to it, I couldn't be happier with the glass cleaner I made. Recently, I couldn't wait until our two containers of dishwasher soap finally were emptied, (the result of combined households.) I was really excited to try a noncommercial solution for the dishwasher that is run nearly everyday in our current household of FOUR. In my previous post for homemade laundry detergent I bought the combination box of Borax & washing soda. I was really excited when I realized I could use that same Borax and washing soda for homemade dishwasher tabs and I would only have to buy one other ingredient that wasn't already in my pantry. That one product was citric acid*. This is a link to what seemed the most cost efficient without ending up with a HUGE container. Even if the upfront cost seems like when starting to make your own cleaners, don't be too alarmed. You can use most of them in other homemade recipes. Also when you divide the cost per ounce that you're using for each of these homemade projects, it is still a huge cost savings compared to buying commercial products. Not to mention better for Mother Earth.
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The recipe is quite simple.
1 cup Coarse Salt (like sea salt, but you could use regular if that's all you have)
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Baking Soda (just the regular kind you bake with)
1/2 cup Citric Acid
Optional: essential oil # of drops to your fragrance preference
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. (really. that's it) Then transfer to your mold. I have seen folks on the web use egg cartons or ice cube trays. I personally am really glad I bought a brownie square silicone mold*, the tabs made in this mini bite mold are the perfect size and popping them out when they had dried was a piece of cake! Again this is an item I plan on using again for toilet bombs and other DIY home cleaners I've been pinning here. Do know that if you don't want the added expense right now you can use other methods, even scooping out 1-2 Tablespoon lumps onto waxed paper. When I used the brownie molds I needed more than 1 tablespoon to fill them and to disperse all the cleaner I had mixed. This is ok and the again the molds fit perfectly in my dishwasher. To be safe measure your own dishwasher soap compartment.
All you have to do then is allow the tabs to dry for 24-72 hours before removing from your drying method/mold. Then store in an air-tight container. We have been happy with the results and I hope you are too!