Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Green Clean

Jeana: It's a pretty good time to be poor.
Geary: What do you mean?
Jeana: You know, like with the whole emphasis on being "green"...reusing, buying things from thrift stores, making your own cleaning products...I feel like I can be proud to be doing that stuff because it's cool. I don't have to feel like I have to shop at Goodwill because we can't afford otherwise.
Geary: You're cute.

So today I made my own dishwasher detergent. It was super easy and super cheap. Here's what you need to be cool, frugal and green like me. 2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Baking Soda
4 small packets of lemonade Kool-Aid (the no sugar added kind)

Mix everything together by either dumping into a big bowl and stirring it really well or dumping it into a container with a lid and shaking it up. You can keep it in your lidded container or re-use your old detergent box.

I used this adorable thrifted glass jar because going green doesn't mean losing my sense of style.

Use 2 tablespoons per load. (1 tablespoon in the open cup and 1 in the closed locking cup) Pour some White Vinegar into your rinse aid receptacle and your glasses will come out sparkling! (If your dishes end up covered with a white residue, you probably have hard water and need to experiment with the amount of Borax to use.)

This batch of dishwashing soap cost me about 65 cents to make and it will last for about 100 loads of dishes. It took me less than 5 minutes to make and probably only took that long because I took pictures for you!

Tomorrow we'll make laundry soap!

P.S. Giving credit where credit is due: I found this detergent recipe here. Also, this lady's blog has become one of my favorite reads!


  1. Hey Zesty...I saw that big ol' boX o' BoraX and wondered if you ever made Gak with Noah. I've got a great recipe around here somewhere...I can dig it up for you if you want. And did you find a phone? If not, you know I have a treasure trove of them. LOL. See ya, Sketchmate!

  2. Thanks for the plug. I am soooo glad this is working for you, too!!

  3. @Mama_Bear: I bet Noah would LOVE to make some slime! Yeah, email me your recipe! I have a lead on a phone but if it doesn't work out I'll let you know.

    @Christine: Me, too! Thanks for posting it!

  4. Christine's blog is one of my daily reads too :)

    As soon as my biokleen is gone I was planning on making the dishwasher detergent - I think I'm going to use citric acid instead of koolaid though - I have extra from making bath bombs at Christmas.

    Last time I made dishwasher detergent my glasses started clouding up but I didn't use anything with citric acid in it so hopefully that will help!


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