Alphabetizing Spices and Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


So far, working straight night shift has not been too hard to adjust to.  Except the fact that I can’t really sleep at nighttime now, but besides that its been fabulous.  It works well to get home in the morning and tend to the animals, sleep a bit and then have the afternoon to take care of other homestead responsibilities.  Today was a peaceful day of rest (mostly).  I spent a few hours lounging and watching Netflix.  We got rid of our satellite service (so no more TV channels) and so far it has not been missed.  Not only are we saving a lot of money each month, but it has been nice to not have the constant noise in the background.

I also got to try a few DIY projects today.  I made my own brown sugar body scrub from a recipe I found on Pinterest.  However, it turned out a bit too liquidy so next time I will be altering the recipe.  I also made homemade peppermint patties, I am totally obsessed with this candy (low fat, creamy and leaves a fresh taste in your mouth-what’s not to love?), but those also were a bust.  Despite the DIY fails today, I did make my own dishwasher detergent which turned out just right.  There were a lot of recipes floating around the Internet, but I chose the simplest one (Pinterest again) and tweaked it.

I started with these ingredients:



1 cup of Borax

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup washing soda


Mixed them all together:



I reused an old bread crumb container (I also cleaned out every cabinet in my kitchen today-I have alphabetically arranged spices now, wonder how long that will last!) and a plastic bag from a Shake and Bake box I had sitting around.  It has a top so I can easily store it under the sink.


I added a few scoops to the dishwasher:



I also added vinegar to the rinse aid compartment, about a 1/2 cup.  It acts an an additional cleaner and spot free rinse aid.

And Voila, clean dishes!



This recipe didn’t cost me anything because I had everything laying around the house.  I am going to continue to play with it some more to see what works best.  There are other recipes out there that call for anything from sugar free lemon Kool-aid to kosher salt.  The simpler the better in my opinion!

13 more days until Spring!

Until next time…

2 thoughts on “Alphabetizing Spices and Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  1. Great post – love your transparency – very charming and real! Great idea to make your own DW soap – I’ve never even thought about doing that! You’re such a pioneer-prairie girl! Love you – hope you’re fast asleep!

    Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:18:18 +0000 To:

  2. Thank you so much for the mention. Actually Homemade dishwasher detergent may seem like a lot of trouble but, in fact, it’s ridiculously easy! While the original investment may be somewhat more than a small box of detergent might cost, over time this could ultimately save the average consumer money and valuable resources.

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