Wow, how’s that for an exciting blog post title..?
I bet that had you clicking on it faster than, ermmmm, a fast thing going fast.
Right, in the spirit of Make Do and Mend and sheer bloody minded-ness, I decided I wanted to try and make my own dishwasher tablets.
So I have.
Here is what I did.
- Searched Pinterest for “homemade dishwasher tablets”
- Found a recipe (from Louise’s Country Closet)
- Read the reviews and discounted any slightly negative ones as that is not what my brain wants to hear
- Assembled the ingredients-1 cup borax (I have no idea if it would work with Borax substitute, but the recipe does say you can leave out the borax entirely, so I am guessing it would be ok), 1 cup washing soda (soda crystals), 1/4 cup epsom salts, and lemon juice
- Followed the instructions-mix all the dry ingredients together and then gradually add lemon juice until it starts to clump together (think the right consistency snow for snowballs)
- Went to the freezer to get out ice cube trays, realised that the freezer REALLY does need de-frosting, the ice cube trays were inaccessible and desperately scouted round for alternatives, decided on egg boxes, found two, used these and then still needed something else, raided the recycling bin for more egg boxes without luck, but found an empty chocolate tray and decided to use this instead
- Wodged the stuff into the improvised moulds and left to dry out a bit overnight
- Attempted to remove from moulds for storing sensible in a box, but then decided they are a bit too crumbly and will have to be stored in their moulds
I tried the first one out today, and it worked ok. One saucepan with some burnt bits on it (not that I burn food, honest…) still had a couple of marks on it, but everything else looked clean. I will do some more research and let you know…
I have done a few washes with these now, and I have to admit that they are not that great. They work ok for “lightly soiled” items, but anything with anything cooked or baked on doesn’t come up sparkly 🙁
Hey ho, worth a try though, and I will use them up, but then I think we are back to good old Ecover.