As people get to know me more and more, they begin to realize that while I may live in the big city, I do a lot of things from scratch, what they call ‘the old-fashioned way.’ I love being considered that way in what I do.
One thing I do to help our bottom-line is to make our own cleaning supplies, everything from a general cleaner, disinfecting spray, wood cleaner, air freshener, laundry soap, fabric softener, and dishwasher detergent. The latter of which, I will be sharing with you here.
Next time I go shopping for the ingredients, I will break the cost down to give you an idea of what it costs to make your own and what you can be saving, simply by spending about 15 minutes to make your own.
Now here’s the deal…
There is a certain order to combine these…
if you want to prevent an overflow of gritty suds. 🙂
I have learned that one the hard way.
The best thing you can do is to mix these in the following order!
3 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Liquid Dish Soap (my favorite is Seventh Generation)
4 Tablespoons Salt
4 Tablespoons Citric Acid (found by the canning supplies)
2 Tablespoons Washing Soda (found in the laundry supply isle)
1 Cup White Vinegar (Be sure add a little at a time while stirring to avoid overflow)
Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat, mixing until everything is dissolved.
Remove pan from heat and let it cool. Stir store in a glass container.
Always shake before using it!
On a side note since I have been asked:
As a rinse agent, I use White Vinegar. It’s cheap and works extremely well.
After you try it, let us know what you think!