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Old 07-17-2007, 10:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mama's
We just moved to the apartment downstairs(first floor..yay!) and there's a dishwasher here(never had one). And I don't know how much we'll even use it, but if I do I was thinking I'd like to make my own detergent for it. Anyone have a recipe they'd like to share??

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here's my recipe from my website, www.cookingtf.com.

In a mason jar, mix:

1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup citric acid
30 drops citrus essential oil--lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, or a mixture

To use, put a tablespoon or so into the wash cup of your dishwasher. I don't put it into the pre-wash cup, since that gets wasted.

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Thanx 4 the recipe..where can i buy citric acid? And do you use vinegar in the rinse?
* I was reading somewhere that using the dishwasher could actually be more cost effective than doing them by hand? thoughts...

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Thanks for the recipe as well. I second where to find the citric acid and would like to hear more about the vinegar rinse. TIA
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I put straight vinegar into the rinse aid dispenser. It helps cut the soap, just like it does in the laundry.

I buy citric acid from www.mountainroseherbs.com. I think there's also a link in the 'support MDC' square at the top of this page on the LH side. You can also get it from some pharmacies- you might have to ask them to order it. Or a health food store. It's also used in bread making as a dough enchancer, so you might be able to locate some like that, too.

If you can't get it, you can also use lemon flavored, unsweetened kool-aid. But only use the lemon flavor- the other ones will dye the inside of your dishwasher. LOL

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thank you krankedyann
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