First up, DIY Dishwasher Soap. I generally use this dishwasher soap, which is totally awesome, but it quite expensive (I think). I have been wanting to make my own dishwasher soap for a while now. I googled it and found a few recipes, all very similar. In the end, I went with this recipe, for the most part. (But, it is not the recipe I wrote on the jar-long story!) I used two packages of the lemonade kool aid. Next, I may go for the giant amount of citric acid. It is about $5 per 4 ounces at the natural food store (so $20 per pound!), or $23 for 5 pounds on line. I figure if I make this recipe often, and make a bunch of bath fizzers, then it will be a good buy! (Other recipes, like the one I wrote on the jar, call for 1/4 cup citric acid, rather than the packet of Kool Aid.) The recipe on the jar calls for 1 teaspoon of rice too, to keep the citric acid from clumping.
So, it was crazy easy-just mix it all together! Here is the recipe, from Sustainable Sakonnett.
- 1 cup of Washing Soda
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid drink mix (for the citric acid, optional)
- 1/4 cup of salt (optional)
I got to use Squirrel's sticker maker to make some labels for the jar! This sticker maker is pretty cool. I have been wanting to use it for a while, but it never seems to be 'my turn' when we get it out to make stickers!
So, here you have it. A quick and easy Earth friendly project to get you started on your way to I love our Earth day!
PS. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check out SouleMama's DIY laundry soap. I have made that a couple of times and I LOVE it. I like to use the Dr. Bonner's peppermint soap and it smells so good when you open your washer after it finishes.