In the archives you will find a spray cleaner and Laundry Powder.. You can find them here:
Easy Clean , spray cleaner
Now I have a great Dishwasher Powder
adapted from yahoo
1 c borax
1 c baking soda
1/4 c salt
2 packages (half an ounce) unsweetened Kool Aid
If the borax has lumps, press through a sieve. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Place in a sealed container and use 2 T in each cup to wash a load of dishes. Especially dirty dishes may need additional cleaner.
See below for updates!
UPDATE: I have observed that the family members in my household each load the dishwasher differently. This included the scrapping/pre-rising of the dirty dishes. These differences may affect the final outcome of the washed dishes. While I don't pre-rinse I do scrape with a flexible spatula. I also will make wet any dish with egg, as I have found that dried egg is difficult to get cleaned off. Cheese is the biggest challenge for this cleaner, and I disagree with the original article, you will need 2 T of cleaner (or more depending upon your dishes) in each cup.
Long term use: I have read about other homemade dishwasher soaps and those articles have indicated that for long term use the homemade powder was not effective, and unfortunately this one have proven to be true at my house. I am not sure if it is water temperature, my water source/type or that it simply is not strong enough to do the job. But back to the drawing board, not giving up, but this is not as good as it needs to be.
I guess it is stay tuned for more!
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