I thought I would share two more home made kitchen recipes that I made yesterday...
1 cup Borax
1 cup bi-carbonate soda (baking soda NOT baking powder)
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup citric acid
30 drops citrus essential oil (I used lemon)
Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight plastic container. Use 1 tablespoon at a time.
I tried out the dishwasher powder this morning, and it cleaned everything really well - no greasy spots - and didn't leave a residue on anything. I worked out the cost as as approximately $4.61 per kilo. The environmentally-friendly EcoStore powder I was using costs $15.90 for a kilo, and you use the same amount per wash, so there's a big saving there! Plus I now use plain white vinegar as a rinse aid, instead of the commercial stuff, so I am saving lots of money now.
*Update 1* This powder tends to clump over time in storage. I get around this by giving the container (an old EcoStore powder bottle) a really good shake each time I use it, to break up the clumps, otherwise it will set hard over the course of a few weeks.
**Update 2** I no longer use Borax in the mixture, I just leave it out, and it works equally as well as it did before.
3 tbs lavender organic liquid castile soap
2 cups warm water
2 tsp vegetable glycerine
2 tbs white vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix thoroughly in a jar, shaking well. Use 1 tablespoon at a time.
The diswashing liquid makes up a cloudy white liquid - not the nice clear coloured gel that I am used to using, but seems to do the job well enough. The cost of the liquid I worked out to be about $1.22 per 500ml - I'll have to see how long it lasts to be able to compare it to the supermarket concentrate? At a guess I'd be using at least twice as much as the concentrate (probably closer to three times as much), and the concentrate is about $2.58 for 500ml. That gives me a rough estimate of about 4 cents per wash for the homemade, versus about 3-5 cents for the concentrate, so about the same, which is interesting? The homemade detergent is more environmentally-friendly though - and the EcoStore dishwashing liquid I was using is $7.90 for 500ml!