I didn’t have a dishwasher for the first year and a half or so after I moved to Baton Rouge. When I was looking for a new place to live, that was added to the list of Never Agains. When I moved into my current place I was in the middle of my first year of vet school, having done exactly what they all tell you not to do: abandoned all my hobbies. Like, I didn’t even READ, you guys. Not cool.
Now that it’s summer, I’m getting back into the habit of keeping up with my hobbies, and one of those is making things and putting them in jars. Recently I ran out of store-bought dishwasher detergent. So with all this wonderful, wonderful free time I currently have, I made some dishwasher detergent tablets. (It only took 15 minutes. Still had plenty of time to binge-watch Game of Thrones.)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup citric acid
Little bit of water
Mix dry ingredients. Add just enough water to get the mix to clump. Press into ice cube trays and let dry for 36-48 hours. Or 24 hours if you don’t live in a swamp.
I didn’t use the salt because most sources I found recommended it to help soften hard water, which is not necessary in Baton Rouge. Instead of lemonade packets, I used plain citric acid. It’s less expensive, easier to find in bulk, and has less packaging. The lemon scent would have been nice, though. I found a bottle of plain citric acid in the canning supplies area of Walmart, but I’ll buy an even larger amount online next time.
This recipe could be kept as a powder by leaving out the water. However, Baton Rouge is so humid (97% today!) that powders tend to clump. So I figured might as well go ahead and make the correct-sized clumps! And here’s another point I strayed from the recipe, which called for vinegar instead of water. Here’s why: Crunchy Betty – DIY 101: Baking Soda + Vinegar = Not So Much. (Washing soda is sodium carbonate, not sodium bicarbonate like baking soda, but … they’re basically the same thing.) (Did you see what I did there? BASICally the same thing. Nyuk nyuk.) Adding citric acid to the mix and then adding water is probably making the same mistake, honestly, but SO many recipes swear by keeping the citric acid in, so I did. I do use vinegar as a rinse agent, though.
I dropped a couple packets of silica gel in the jar to help keep the tabs from sticking together. Seriously, it is really, really humid here.
Verdict: Works better than the cheapo detergent I had been using. A++, will make again.
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No, I didn’t break my grammars – the post title is referencing this hilarious/sad comic. Poor gall bladder. :(