As part of my journey into a more eco-friendly life, I looked into making my own cleaning products. My partner has problems with allergies and is sensitive to artificial fragrances so making my own cleaning products made perfect sense.
This meant I would know exactly what is in my cleaning products. These dishwasher tablets do not contain any phosphates, formaldehyde, artificial perfumes or colours.
Everything is made up of chemicals, it’s simply not possible to be chemical free. However, natural chemicals are better than anything created in a laboratory.
These tablets only have 3 ingredients.
Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) A salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. It has a gentle abrasive action and a natural deodoriser.
Citric Acid is a weak organic acid found in citrus fruits. It kills bacteria and is a great disinfectant. It’s also really good for removing hard water stains and acts as a natural preservative.
Washing up liquid – You can use whatever brand you wish. I use eco-friendly brands like Faith in Nature or Bio-D
You will notice I use cups. Measuring cups can be bought in any good kitchen shop, department store or online. American and UK cups are different sizes. As long as you stick to one or the other you will be fine as it’s all about the ratio! You could you a standard teacup or mug and judge by eye.
1 Cup Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
¼ Cup Citric Acid
1 Tablespoon Washing up Liquid of your choice
Optional: 10/20 drops Lemon essential oil for a little bit more oomph and its smells lush
Mix the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid in a bowl. Mix in the washing up liquid.
Add roughly a tablespoon to flexible silicone ice-cube trays, small enough to fit in the compartment in your dishwasher. As the powders mix with the washing up liquid, it will swell. Tamper down with the back of a spoon, your finger or the cap off a bottle and keep doing this as the mixture swells again. This will ensure that the tablets are compact which will give you a good result.
Dry for 6/12 hours depending on the temperature of the room
Costs roughly 10 pence, 14.3 cents or 0.14 dollars a tablet, depending on your base costs. All the ingredients can be bought online or Wilko’s in the UK is great for finding cleaning ingredients
Its give me a wonderful sense of accomplishment to make my own products.