A few weeks after posting a recipe for an inexpensive, homemade dishwasher detergent, Susan emailed this:
…I made this exact recipe a few weeks ago. At first it seemed fine but after 3 or 4 loads, everything was cloudy and coated with an unpleasant film. I have since gone back to the trusty Cascade packs…
Making this recipe was on my to-do list so I moved it to the top so I could try it myself. After using it a few times, I noticed the same same thing Susan did: my dishes were not getting clean!
So, I experimented with a few solutions:
Surprisingly, dishwashers need to be cleaned on a regular basis since they get dirty like everything else. Dishwashers can harbor bacteria and debris which can hinder its ability to clean the dishes properly. Since it had been a while since I cleaned my dishwasher, that was my first step in this little experiment.
The Result: The dishes were slightly cleaner but they still weren’t spotless.
I noticed after using the detergent a few times that a huge chunk of the lemonade portion of the mix had fallen out in one of the loads. Since citric acid is a very important part of the detergent, I added another packet of lemonade, mixed well and tried again.
The result: No change.
Finally, I added straight citric acid to the mixture hoping that it was just the lemonade powerder that wasn’t doing it’s job and tried again.
The result: Still no change. The homemade dishwasher detergent wasn’t working for me.
So, I’d love to hear from you. Have you tried this homemade dishwasher detergent recipe? Did it work for you? Do you have another recipe that does work?