You know you’ve been married a while when your husband orders you a dishwasher for Christmas, and you are actually excited!!!
(We had to special order a dishwasher because the only space we were able to carve out for it was 18″, and I didn’t want a portable model.)
So! Now I have one more cleaning supply to learn how to make.
I found this particular recipe via Apartment Therapy.
Here’s the condensed instructions of the formula created by Lynn Siprelle of The New Homemaker:
Mix the following ingredients in a plastic container with an airtight lid. You’re going to shake up an assortment of powdery ingredients, and you don’t want to find yourself recreating a disaster from I Love Lucy:
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup citric acid (Unsweetened Lemonade-Flavored Kool-Aid can be used also, but be sure to avoid any other flavours due to their food dye content)
- 30 drops a citrus essential oil of your choice
Shake it, but don’t break it. Now you’ve got a mixture you can dole out into your dishwasher, one tablespoon per cleaning agent receptacle in your dishwasher. We personally don’t have a dishwashing machine (though we’d most certainly welcome one the next time we move), but we like Siprelle’s advice to use this powdery cleaning mix in a shaker canister (she recommends a popcorn salt shaker, but we’re thinking more like pizza parlour shaker for our kitchen sink stains).