Another week has come to an end and I’ve got a different kind of Paleo recipe for ya! I’ve been using this DIY Dishwashing Detergent for the last month and it’s been working out great.
You could be eating the most healthy foods on the planet and still have influences aside from food effecting your health. There are so many chemicals that surround us that we don’t really think about them all. This summer after laser tuning in on my diet, I started thinking more about the other products we use around the house. Cleaning products, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, make-up, etc. are all among the daily use products that contain toxins that don’t necessarily list ingredients on the bottles and are things you may not be thinking about effecting your health.
Sometime in the last few months we watched the documentary Chemerical, on Netflix. The documentary tracked a family’s transition into removing all chemicals from their life. You could see the success and difficulty each family member experienced as well as the effects it made in their everyday life. After watching this I started weeding out the products we have around the house. I researched products more and more and looked for ways to create homemade versions of the products I regularly use.
I started easy and cleaned the oven with baking soda, vinegar and elbow grease. It was all I needed.
When I was getting low on dishwashing liquid I decided not to restock and to look up a homemade recipe. I found a four ingredient recipe and ran with it. Simple enough I found three of the four ingredients at Target, but they’re also available online, and I picked up the fourth ingredient at Fruitful Yield.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Directions Makes 24 ounces of detergent
- Into a large bowl (with a lid) that you’ll use to store the detergent add borax, washing soda, citric acid and salt. Note: You can also add these ingredients to a large yogurt container or in my case the first time I used a large glass Tropical Traditions coconut oil container but the second time I found it easier to keep it in the large mixing bowl as seen in the image above.
- Using a spoon mix everything and combine well.
- Store in a dry place out of reach of children and make sure everyone knows that this container is not-edible.
- Use 1 tablespoon per load. See diyNatural for tips on how to avoid clumping and to see a Q&A on this recipe. My own tip, MAKE SURE not to drip any water into the mixture and continue to stir 1-2 times a day (or whenever you use it) so it does not become a solid rock.
- Enjoy! :)