Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Tricks-- Homemade dishwashing detergent and cleaning your washing machine

Lu requested a recipe for detergent for the dishwasher. I found a recipe but have not tried it. (Apparently, it comes from a person named Lorraine, whoever she is, Thanks Lorraine!) Please let us all know how it works if you try it.

Dishwasher soap is easy to make, and cost effective. I mix up a batch in an empty canister, and pour it in the dishwasher as needed.

Mix and use per dishwasher load:
1 Tablespoon Borax
1 Tablespoon Baking soda


Mix equal parts Borax and Baking Soda, and add 2 Tablespoons per load. Increase proportion of soda for hard water. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle.

And my friend Daisy, requested a way to clean her washing machine. You can find directions for that HERE

And my friend Julie had a suggestion for Aprils problem with stains on white counters: Rub a half of a lemon on it. For some abrasiveness, dip the lemon in salt.

Please add any tips or tricks that you might know!




Lu said...

I am SOOO gonna test this out!!! I have all the stuff! Will let you know! Thanks for looking it up!!! I am constantly running out at the end of the month and so frustrated that I have to run to the store for that ONE item!!!

April Cluck said...

Hey Thanks, I'll try the lemon trick this week!!

Hi. I'm Lu. said...

Linking to this. Just thought I'd let you know... it really does work and I haven't bought anything else since! :) And its cheap! Add salt!