One of my bugbears with dishwasher tablets is the amount of packaging they have. I appreciate the manufacturers wrap them separately to stop tablets from attracting moisture and crumbling. But it just seems like such a waste. Who cares if you have to throw in a few crumbs for the final wash.
Even the ones that dissolve are made from plastic (PVA – polyvinyl alcohol) aren’t what they seem. They aren’t biodegradable and leave molecules that linger in the environment.
Plus all the chemicals that are washed away with the water equally don’t make me feel good.
This is why I’ve been determined to try and find a natural way of using my dishwasher. I’ve tried various methods with varying success… One batch turned out perfectly and then melted in the heat…
This method uses soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, salt and citric acid. Citric acid helps to bind the minerals together in hard water and improve the effectiveness of the other products. My best advice is to be really sparing when adding water.
How to make DIY natural dishwasher tablets
You will need:
1 cup of soda crystals
1 cup bicarbonate of soda
1 cup of kosher salt (I used Maldon for this because I had it to hand – but in future, I’m going to look for a cheaper alternative)
½ cup citric acid
Drops of water
I also add in a few drops of antibacterial essential oil for added cleaning power: lavender, citrus fruits, rosemary etc
Silicon ice cube tray and a mixing bowl
Firmly pack the mixture into the ice cube tray and leave to set for a few hours.
Take out of the silicon and store in an airtight jar somewhere cool.