by Tammy Taylor
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I recently became extremely disenchanted with my
crappy low-end dishwasher. I mean, why must we wash our dishes THREE times? Once BEFORE putting the in the dishwasher, once during the dishwasher’s many cycles and then once again when you pull the still-dirty dishes from the dishwasher! It would be easier to hand-wash the dishes but it was the principle of the thing. We have a dishwasher, we fill it with name-brand detergent and it just doesn’t clean the dishes.
Then right before buckling and replacing the dishwasher we were told to try dishwasher tabs instead of powder. I had always shunned them because they are so exorbitantly expensive. But upon trying them I was convinced. Our dishes came out clean, but oh at what expense? Not only were they pricy but most dish-washing tab products had individually wrapped tabs that are tucked into a plastic molded tray, then placed inside a foil-covered cardboard box and then the whole thing plastic wrapped again. There has to be a better way both financially & environmentally! Hummm… Wonder if I can make my own dishwasher tabs? Um, YES!
In searching around I found a recipe on CuckooForCouponDeals site. I figured I had nothing to lose, I have all of the necessary ingredients. So I gave it a try.
First I mixed Borax, washing soda and Epsom salt in a bowl. Then I started adding the lemon juice. I began with about 8 tablespoons & added a tablespoon at a time after that to get a consistency like a smooth thick icing. For me it took about 10 tablespoons of lemon juice.
When the consistency was right I used a cookie scoop to measure out approximately tablespoon-sized scoops onto a repurposed plastic bag. I used the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten the prepared scoops just a bit so they would fit in the dishwasher detergent compartment on my dishwasher.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These disks looked and smelled like something edible! So please inform your family these are NOT lemon cookies. And be sure to keep them out of the reach of children.
When these tabs dried they were very hard, but they dissolved just fine during the dishwasher cycle.
They worked just as well for me as some of the more expensive name brands that I’d tried. So I’m pleased with the results, the lack of landfill trash – and the PRICE!
The * Finish Dishwasher Tabs still worked better at removing the white film on my glasses so I’m not through experimenting with this recipe. But in the meantime these homemade dishwasher tabs are quite a money saver. And I always have the ingredients to make them!
MYO Lemon Dishwasher Detergent Tabs
- 1 Cup Borax
- 1 Cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Epsom salt
- 10 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add 8-10 Tablespoons of lemon juice and mix thoroughly. (You want the consistency to be like a smooth thick icing.)
When you achieve the desired consistency place tablespoon-sized drops on waxed paper and allow to dry thoroughly.
I used a cookie scoop to make the tabs. I flattened the prepared scoops just a bit so they would fit in the dishwasher detergent compartment on my dishwasher.
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