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Sat Dec 8, 2018, 05:33 PM

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Success!

There was a time (not so long ago) when I was heedless and bought dishwasher "pacs".
They cost a lot of money and they worked..okay.
I had no idea what was in them and I never gave it much thought.
The man who installed the dishwasher recommended them and I assented.

Now I have a little more time than money and a LOT more concern for what I am putting in our water.

This is what I'm doing now and it works great. No film or grit or residue on the dishes or in the dishwasher.

1/4 teaspoon citric acid
3/4 teaspoon washing soda
measured into the detergent dispenser.

I fill the "rinse aid" reservoir with vinegar and splash a little vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher and start it up.

Everything sparkles!

(For now, with the volume of dirty dishes I have -using the dishwasher is the greener choice https://www.treehugger.com/kitchen-design/built-in-dishwashers-vs-hand-washing-which-is-greener.html rather than doing them by hand. But If I had fewer dishes I would hand wash.)

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violetpastille Dec 2018 OP
ploppy Dec 2018 #1
hlthe2b Dec 2018 #3
procon Dec 2018 #2
mitch96 Dec 2018 #4
violetpastille Dec 2018 #5
mitch96 Dec 2018 #7
violetpastille Dec 2018 #9
mitch96 Dec 2018 #10
violetpastille Dec 2018 #11
WhiteTara Dec 2018 #6
violetpastille Dec 2018 #8
Kaleva Dec 2018 #12
violetpastille Dec 2018 #13

Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 05:39 PM

1. Thanks!

I am going to give it a try.

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Response to ploppy (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 06:51 PM

3. I think I will too...

I already use white vinegar in lieu of fabric softener in the wash... Works well.

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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 05:46 PM

2. Simple solution! nt

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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 08:48 PM

4. Where do you get citric acid??

Is it powder or liquid??
tnx
mitch

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2018, 09:57 PM

5. If you can find it locally it will probably be in the canning section of your grocery store

In powder form.

I bought 5 pounds on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Milliard-Citric-Acid-Pound-VERIFIED/dp/B00EYFKNL8/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1544323556&sr=8-3&keywords=citric+acid

You could get it on Ebay or Etsy. It seems like it is most commonly used for homemade bath bombs. The DIY detergent works on the same principle. The chemicals are inert when dry but mixed in water they dissolve and the citric acid reacts with the sodium bicarbonate in the washing soda to form sodium citrate and carbon dioxide and create fizzing.

I have read online about people adding one or two drops of liquid dish soap to the mixture for more soaping action, but..I can see how that could go horribly wrong for me and overfoam.

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2018, 11:02 AM

7. Thanks... but what is a bath bomb?

Nothing illegal I hope... Just to create create fizzing?
Anyhoo, I'll give it a try..

m

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 9, 2018, 04:47 PM

9. It's something folks put in their baths to make the water fizzy and colorful and fragrant.

They are kind of a luxury for some.

https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/twilight/03157.html

I think they are silly.

I don't want colors and oils and glitter in the bathtub.

I don't like scrubbing the tub! It's my unfavorite chore.

But baking soda and citric acid can clump together and be formed into a solid "pac" or ball.

That's why I keep the washing soda and citric acid separate until I'm ready to use them.

If I were more industrious I could make my own "pacs" using a silicone mold. But..nah.

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 9, 2018, 10:23 PM

10. "baths to make the water fizzy"

Now that would be weird... LIke taking a bath in seltzer?? but it would have a "aroma" right?
m

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 12:20 AM

11. Yes a bath bomb is a combination of

Color - To dye the water - Sometimes glitter
Fragrance
Oils
And the combination of baking soda and citric acid that when they hit the water start fizzing. Just like a big Alka Seltzer tablet.




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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2018, 01:17 AM

6. what is your washing soda?

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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 06:16 AM

12. Interesting!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:20 PM

13. I'm more casual with the proportion now.

I use a half tablespoon of each and a bigger splash of vinegar.

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