I know, there are a million posts and recipes for dishwasher detergent out there. I'm certainly not the first to try it and write about it. This is the common recipe. Then what is different about this post? I made a small amount as opposed to a large amount. Why? Because when I made larger batches, they would inevitably get moisture in them and turn to giant soap bricks inside the jar.
I know, it sounds silly, but even in this super-dry desert environment I live in, moisture would find it's way into the container. My theory is that Not-So-Little-Man scoops it out of the jar with wet hands... But I have yet to catch him in the act. I'm usually so busy and just plain grateful that the dishes get done.
My solution was to make smaller batches so, if/when this happened it wouldn't waste as much and wouldn't be as difficult to chip out of the jar. It's still usable if a little moisture gets in the jar, that's IF you can manage to chip it out of the jar.
I keep my detergent jar under my sink with a plastic tablespoon to scoop it into the dishwasher's soap compartment. I guess I could also store the soap on my counter to further thwart moisture, but I like to keep my counters free of un-necessary clutter.
Anyhow, without further ado, here's the recipe and ratios I used.
Homemade Dishwasher Soap
Adapted from Fabulously Frugal
Combine all ingredients and shake/stir until well-combined. Add 1 Tbsp. to your dishwasher for clean dishes. Don't forget to put white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment!
Have you ever found that even the best recipes or homemade products needed a little tweaking for your family?
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