Healthy Home: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent!

Looking for ways to make your Chattanooga house healthier in the new year? Make 2016 a year to use fewer toxins in your household goods. The benefits are surprising.

For one thing, you’ll be using products that aren’t toxic if you accidentally touch them, and that’s always nice, right? Plus it’ll save you money and help the environment. But let’s look at it more closely.

Health Benefits

If your Chattanooga, TN chiropractor has ever talked to you about reducing VOCs in your life, you’re in the right place. Commercial detergents for dishwashers may make your dishes sparkly, might suds up really well, and might smell good, but the chemicals required to do these things end up being toxic for your home’s air and the water system.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are organic chemicals that can cause damage to living creatures over a long period of time. So even though harmful VOCs (contained in many scents and odors) are not very toxic at any given point in time, their buildup eventually may cause harm. However, because of this long-term nature, research in this area is tricky, so you won’t see warning labels on products that contain VOCs.

As a consumer, you’re on your own to determine what’s best for your family. So do a little research and find out how helpful it is to eliminate as many VOCs as you can by limiting what products contain them—dishwasher detergent being one of them.

Wallet Benefits

But keeping your Chattanooga-based family healthy isn’t the only thing making your own dishwasher detergent does. By mixing together bulk ingredients, you make up batches of detergent when you need them without costing you every time.

For example, the ingredients in dishwasher detergent include borax, washing powder, and salt. These are all common, natural goods that you can find in any Chattanooga grocery store. One box of each of these things may last up to a year or more—meaning even if they collectively cost the same or a little more than a bottle of dishwasher detergent, you won’t be buying any more for a long time, so you save the cost of that bottle several times over throughout the year!

This Chattanooga news article even points out that making your own cleaners is a way to save money, not to mention save anyone in your family from allergies. The woman in the article we just mentioned started making her own cleaning products in college to save money, but found out how helpful it was for other things, like preventing eczema from being aggravated by laundry detergent. The blog we mention in the next section breaks down the average cost for you.

The Recipe

At this point you are probably wondering how to make this dishwasher detergent that your Chattanooga, TN chiropractor would approve of.

The ingredients are simple:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing powder (not baking soda!)
  • ½ cup Kosher salt
  • ½ cup Citric acid or LemiShine
  • 1 teaspoon Rice to prevent caking

Once you’ve got the ingredients together, find a reusable air-tight container for storage. Follow the tips in this blog to get the best results, and to read about what each ingredient does. None of these products release VOCs, so you’re safe using it all the time.

Have you ever made your own detergent before?

Have you ever considered making your own dishwasher or laundry detergent before? Not only is it healthy and cost effective, it’s empowering to be in control of what your household uses. You know exactly what is contained each time someone runs a load of dishes, and that’s a very good feeling.

Have you ever made your own detergent before? Tell us about it. Was it easy? Difficult? Fun? Leave us a comment below!

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