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Old 03-26-2007, 08:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is there a good alternative to dishwasher detergent? I am looking for something besides a green label - similar to using vinegar for countertops & floors, etc.

We have our first dishwasher (yay) and I was alarmed to find my detergent uses chlorine! Is this safe? Also - since we use eggs, I do want something that can kill salmonella. Or would heat alone do that?

Help!
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subbing ...

I was using one I made myself awhile back and it worked well for a couple of weeks and then it just quit working. No matter how much vinegar I used, everything still came out with a film of baking soda. So I've been using Mrs. Meyer's and Trader Joe's.

Now I'm almost afraid to try my own as I got a new dishwasher (a Bosch, no less!!!) last week and I don't want to do anything to mess it up.

Any suggestions would be welcomed!!!!!
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We use Seventh Generation...it works awesome for us!

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I found this recipe posted here on MDC--but I don't remember exactly where. If I find the original post, I'll update with the link.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/4 cup salt
2 packets koolaid yellow lemonade

I used a tablespoon in each soap compartment, and a dash of vinegar in the rinse aid. I really liked this, but had already had some 7th generation free and clear powder on its way. I loved both, the recipe and the 7th generation stuff. We have a water softener though, that may have helped its performance.
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That recipe might be from Spastica in the big, long BS thread. I tried that recipe and it didn't work for us. I've tried everything under the sun and then finally tried Ecover tablets. That's the only thing I can get to work in our dishwasher!!!
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I found this recipe posted here on MDC--but I don't remember exactly where. If I find the original post, I'll update with the link.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/4 cup salt
2 packets koolaid yellow lemonade

I used a tablespoon in each soap compartment, and a dash of vinegar in the rinse aid. I really liked this, but had already had some 7th generation free and clear powder on its way. I loved both, the recipe and the 7th generation stuff. We have a water softener though, that may have helped its performance.
I think you hit the nail on the head. That recipe is very similar to what I was using. The water is so hard in Cincinnati that I don't even dare use a powdered natural commercial detergent in the dishwasher any more. Now Cascade Powder works well but it is formulated by Proctor and Gamble, located in Cincinnnati, so the hard water is a known quantity. But I don't want the chemicals and whenever I can avoid a P&G product, I do.

I tried LOTS of vinegar, extra koolaid, more salt ... nothing worked for me. So for now, Trader Joe's gel it is. I may try the Seventh Generation and see what happens in my new dishwasher.
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I had been using Melaleuca's dishwashing detergent and when I quit it was the only product I was worried about missing. Then I found Ecover. It works even better! We have hard water too and it's good stuff.

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what does the koolaid do?

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I think the Kool-aid is supposed to add citric acid, which would help clean?

I found this recipe at recipezaar http://www.recipezaar.com/91963

It uses washing soda, borax and an essential oil.

I also was looking at the ingredients on the Aldi dishwasher powder (Reeva) and I remember thinking they seemed a lot like some of the homemade dishwasher detergents. So if you shop at Aldi, you might want to look at the ingredients of that.

ETA: I threw away the box of Aldi powder or I'd list the ingredients. I can't find them anywhere on the web.
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I use Ecover as well, I've also tried Biokleen and Seventh Generation but Ecover wins hands down. I have hard water also.
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