This one is pretty straightforward. It’s cheap to buy the ingredients in bulk, just mix them up, and ta-da!
Here’s what you’ll need. I’m addicted to Amazon so these are linked to what I used for my recipe, but you can also find most of these ingredients at a store near you (Walmart, Hardware Store, etc.), but I haven’t seen citric acid around except online, so I’d at least order that one. (It’s all cheap anyway, and will last SOOOOO long)
- 2 parts borax
- 2 parts washing soda
- 1 part citric acid
- 1 part salt (any kind you like. plain regular salt works for me)
People also claim you can add essential oils, and while I’m a HUGE fan of those, I don’t particularly see the appeal of my dishes smelling like lemongrass when I’m trying to eat a steak off of a plate, you know? Up to you though. You want your dishes lemony? Add some freaking lemon essential oils (a few drops at wash time). I don’t know. I’m not doing it. You can.
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a container (I used an old, cleaned-out candle jar so it’s all pretty) and stick a pretty (or not?) label on it. Here are the labels I use: link. I also put a spoon inside for easy access.
Here I used 1/2 c. Borax, 1/2 c. washing soda, 1/4 c. citric acid, and 1/4 c. of salt, since it was my first time trying it out. But next time I will probably at least double the recipe, as there’s plenty room in my glass jar.
When doing dishes, you should use about 1 tablespoon per load, but I won’t tell you how to live.
NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite. You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be eating off of.