What you’ll need:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4-1/2 cup salt (if you are using course salt, use 1/2 cup)
What you’ll do:
1. Mix all ingredients into a medium size bowl then pour into a container for storage. A mason jar works great, or you could also use a plastic container with a lid.
2. Because this recipe contains citric acid, it will clump. Therefore, you will need to leave it on your counter for 3 days after you make it and stir it a few times a day (I just stir mine every time I walk by it). After the third day it should be clump free. Simply put a tight fitting lid on it and store it away.
How to use your detergent:
Use 1 tablespoon per load of dishes. I usually put almost 1 T in the main compartment and then just a small bit in the pre-wash compartment. You can use a heaping tablespoon if you feel you need it.
You can also sprinkle 1 tablespoon in your toilet or shower before cleaning them. I also add vinegar to my toilets and shower before I scrub them.
Notes about this detergent:
Since borax is harmful if swallowed, you will need to keep it out of reach of children .
You want to make sure there is no detergent left after your wash cycle. This is true with any detergent because you don’t want to ingest any.
This detergent will clump if you expose it to moisture. If that happens just stir it very well with a fork to get the clumps out.
I’ve been using this recipe for months now with very little problem. I always rinse dishes before I put then in the dishwasher.