How to Make Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Detergent

Many of us are becoming more and more aware of the harmful effects that our cleaning products can have on the environment. We know that it is important to have eco-friendly options. It’s a hard balance isn’t it? Our homes are our safe zones and they should protect and comfort us from the outside world. But, at the same time, the sprays, detergents and cleaning agents we use can slowly poison the water supply, eroding precious Mother Nature.

We here at Maid Right believe there’s a way to balance both.

We offer eco-friendly cleaning and are always looking to inform our followers about ways they can get a great clean in their home while also respecting everyone’s role as steward of this earth. After all, we only get one Earth!

A great way to care for the Earth is to care for the water supply. Did you know that all the water we have on the planet right now is all the water that ever existed and will ever exist? All water exists only in a cycle, from the sky in various forms (e.g. clouds) to the ground, there is no “creation” of water in nature. This is why we have to be particularly careful to protect the water that we have now. Many parts of the US are already suffering from drought and some countries are struggling to find enough water at all. Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa, only narrowly avoided completely running out of water this summer by severely rationing water throughout the city.

Above all, its important to protect the water we do have! We can limit the chemicals that we put into water. A huge use of water in the everyday household in North America is doing the dishes! Limiting chemical usage in your load of dirty dishes can help keep water cleaner.

Let’s all work together to preserve clean water for our kids!

Photo credit: Lubomirkin

Disclaimer: this recipe for dishwasher tablets uses Borax, a natural agent that can cause rashes on some people and should not be digested. Consequently, we think you should do your own research on Borax before trying this recipe out! We took this from ereplacementparts.com

Ingredients:

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing soda

1 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice concentrate

Directions:

  1. Mix together Borax, washing soda, vinegar and lemon
  2. Pour mixture into ice cube molds and let dry
  3. Store in a sealed container
  4. Use one tablet per load of dirty dishes!