DIY Green Dishwasher Biscuit Recipe Video
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This was so much fun! In this episode we share our Dishwasher Biscuit Recipe and show you how to make your own DIY Dishwasher pellets. It’s easy to do and only requires four ingredients that are pretty easy to find: Borax, Washing Soda, Epsom Salt and Lemon Juice. We used Boraxo which contains Borax as its primary ingredient. Boraxo is that powdered hand soap that you may have seen in a gas station rest room when you were a kid. If you’re under 30, you may think I’ve gone off my meds, but there really used to be powered hand soap in public rest rooms. For the record, I’ve never been on meds . . . which could explain a lot.
Borax has been in production by 20 Mule Team since 1891. You can read more about Borax and its uses by clicking the link, if you’re interested. It’s made from Boron, which is naturally occurring. You can find Borax pretty easily at the supermarket in the detergent aisle, near the laundry supplies. It is NOT Boraxo which also contains soap. The cleaning power of our dishwasher biscuits turned out great, but our glassware came out cloudy. I suspect the soap in the Boraxo, but just discovered my mistake while preparing this post. I’ll update this when I make my next batch of dishwasher biscuits. (Please don’t hold your breath.)
For your convenience, I’ve included the ingredients in a resources section below. You’ll see the Boraxo AND the Borax, Washing Soda AND Baking Soda as well as Epsom Salt and fresh lemons. Whether you purchase through these links (which helps support our efforts in bringing you these reports) or buy these items locally, seeing the packaging here should help you avoid mistakes at the store!
If you make the Washing Soda yourself, the change from Baking Soda that you are looking for is really subtle. I stirred the pan every 20 minutes for 2 and a half hours. The alchemy is supposed to take a half hour to one hour, but I was not able to detect enough of a change to be confident that I had transformed the Baking Soda into Washing Soda in that amount of time. Check the resource section below to read more about this process: a cup or two of Baking Soda baked at 400 degrees in a baking pan and stirred periodically to ensure even cooking will become Washing Soda. Time varies according to the heat of your oven, how many times you open your oven door during the process and how confident you are that you see the transformation!
Dishwasher Biscuit Recipe:
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
3/4 Cup Lemon Juice from fresh lemons
Combine dry ingredients thoroughly in a large glass bowl. Add lemon juice and stir until ingredients are all blended. Heat and bubbles were created when we did this. The mixture looks good enough to eat, but it is NOT edible. Form the mixture into “biscuits” or pellets that will fit in YOUR dishwasher’s soap compartment. Each piece will contain about 2 Tablespoons. You can use a plastic ice cube tray or form pieces individually on a baking sheet or even waxed paper on your counter top. Let sit overnight to dry completely.
You’ll see in the video this batch was very wet. I used disposable gloves to handle the mixture. If your mixture is too dry, add a little lemon juice. Anything you touch while you have the mixture on your hands (drawer handles, utensils, etc.) will quickly get a hard crusty coating of dried soap. Fortunately, it’s a cleaning product, so you can wipe it away with a wet dishcloth.
http://community.babycenter.com/post/a27556305/de-myth_baking_soda_washing_soda_borax_detergent_nerd_alert Two things about washing soda that are great. One, it has 2 sodium in its chemical formation, very effective in softening water. Two, it’s very caustic (ph 11) so it’s great in degreasing and removing stains. http://ladywiththeredrocker.com/2012/03/06/diy-washing-soda/ Why am I so excited? (okay, “excited” is really too strong a word, more like “intensely intrigued”) Why am I so intensely intrigued? Well, because I use washing soda to make my own laundry detergent and my own dish-washer soap. AND…It’s cheaper to make your own!!! AND… It’s super easy!!! AND… It only has one (1) ingredient!!! Baking Soda. http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2013/04/diy-dishwasher-tablets.html DIY Dishwasher Tablets
recipe from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals
(makes 22 tablets)
1 C Borax
1 C Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 C Epsom salt
3/4 C lemon juice