Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pin # 10 Borax and baking soda dishwasher soap

pinI was hopeful that this pin would save me from the tragic forgot to buy the dishwasher soap mistake.  So equal parts baking soda and Borax is supposed to fix this problem.  Love it.IMG_7746
The “recipe” calls for about 2 TB of the mix per load so I made 3 loads worth (to buy me several days before having to get to the store of course).  Scoop, dump, stir.  I saved it in a mini cheapo plastic container. 
Come after dinner clean-up, in 2 TB went.  We didn’t take it easy, we didn’t pre-rinse everything and there were a few things that had a little stuck on somethin’ somethin’.  I spared you from pictures of all of our dirty dishes… blech.  I set the regular cycle to run as usual and waited.  Well actually we ignored it and then went to bed and the next day I checked it out.  And the result was interesting.  All of the food came off and the dishes looked fantastic.  I was actually surprised and got excited because this would be a whole lot cheaper than buying ready made stuff.  Then I picked up a few dishes.
Yuck.  There was this weird powdery film on everything.  I couldn’t see it but it was everywhere.  I ended up having to put everything through an IMG_7751extra rinse cycle to get rid of it.  It also didn’t get off some of the more stubborn sticky pan stuff.
Bottom line – good in a pinch
After 3 uses, always the same results:  mostly clean with weird film.  I tried vinegar once in the rinse aid well and it didn’t make any difference.  I wouldn’t use it regularly because of that weird film but I would use it again next time I make the same tragic mistake that I make nearly every time dishwashing soap is on the list!


  1. This reminds me of something I did off Pinterest: homemade laundry soap, which was also made with baking soda and Borax. I followed the directions exactly and it came out terrible. My clothes came out smelling like they had just come out of a moldy gym locker. I've heard it works for some people, but for me, not so much.

    So my bottom line? It sucked.

  2. The laundry soap,you are to use armor hammer washing soda NOT baking soda, had a friend use that and it was not good, I have been making my own laundry soap for years and use the borax and the washing soda and it comes out GREAT, give that a try. The recipe I use is the same one that the diggers from TLC use.

    1. I've seen that combo before... thanks for the tip that it works well!