Homemade Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – For Clear Dishes Even in Hard Water!

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If you’re a regular reader of Soap Deli News, then you know by know that you can make your own diy laundry detergent that not only works great, but saves you money. But did you also know that you can make your own homemade dishwasher detergent?

Simply Designing Blog shares a handmade dishwasher detergent recipe that not only works, but works even in hard water! Her diy recipe results in clean, clear dishes – not the cloudy dishes she had before as a result of hard water. What she calls her “miracle recipe” includes borax, washing soda, salt, and Lemi Shine.

Lemi Shine is available at most major big box stores, like Target and Wal-Mart, and grocery stores, like Kroger in my area, and is made with all natural ingredients. It’s environmentally friendly and is completely free of phosphates, so you can feel good about using it. You can grab the recipe for Simply Designing’s eco-friendly dishwasher detergent here.

A DIY clean for an OCD happy.

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When I am stressed I do the obvious things. I read, I veg in front of Netflix watching bad movies and sci-fi series that I never would have known about if not for the internet. I nap – sometimes a little too much. I try not to yell and snap at the those around me trying to be helpful when I just want to be left alone. But days like today, when my life is in complete chaos… Days like this the little things don’t help.
So it’s days like these that I clean. Yes, clean. Cleaning I guess is therapeutic for me. It’s the one thing that allows me to make everything right and put things in their place. And it could explain why there are so many people with OCD in this less than simple world.
green clean (not a meth lab)However, not only is cleaning therapeutic, but it’s also necessary. That is, unless you enjoy your bare feet sticking to the floor and maggots breeding in your fruit bowl. Cleaning, however, can also be crafty. That is if you’re making your own green and clean solutions for everything from the bathroom to the kitchen to the laundry. DIY cleaning works, it’s less expensive and it’s non-toxic.
With that I want to share an awesome collection of DIY Green Cleaning Recipes that I found at Re-Nest. There are 25 recipes for cleaning everything in your house from the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room to your living room and specialty cleaning. You can grab the collection of all 25 recipes and articles here. Also be sure to check out my own recipe for making diy laundry detergent using handmade soaps.
I also recommend checking out Sew Chatty Blog for a free printable cleaning chart. It serves as a handy reminder and to do list making it easier to keep those everyday chores on task. Plus, be sure to visit Design Finch Blog if you’re looking to label your cleaners for easy organization and something far cuter than black Sharpie scribble. Not only does Design Finch offer a few additional homemade cleaning recipes, but the bottom of the article contains a handful of links to free printable labels for your handmade household cleaners. Additionally, you may also want to check out my blog article from last summer, Eco-friendly alternatives to everyday conveniences. It contains a great tutorial on crafting your own washable Swiffer cover using a loom plus re-usable and unique product ideas.

You may also be interested in these articles from Soap Deli News: DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe, DIY Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe, and DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions.

So what’s the skinny on you? Do you clean when you’re stressed? And what’s your favorite magic, natural combo for a green household clean?