Less-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent
I recently read a news article about a young child who died after eating a dishwasher detergent pod. This is a heartbreaking and unnecessary casualty of the toxic and chemical-filled world we live in. This tragic story makes me wonder:
If one dishwasher pod can kill a toddler, what does long-term exposure to a small amount of dishwasher detergent residue do to our bodies?
I’m not attempting to answer that question. But I am on a personal mission to reduce the amount of chemicals I expose my body to on a day-to-day basis. That is one reason why I have started making my own dishwasher detergent at home. This is a less-toxic cleaning agent that leaves my dishes clean and sparkling without using questionable ingredients.
How To Make Less-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent At Home
This homemade dishwasher detergent is made out of readily available ingredients that are low in toxicity (most of these ingredients are ingestible) and also quite affordable:
- Baking soda – Buy at any grocery store.
- Washing soda – I bought a big box at Walmart for $3. You can also use washing soda to make homemade laundry detergent (photo below).
- Citric acid – I bought mine, oddly enough, at an Indian grocery store. Check at your local drug store or buy online.
- Salt – Buy anywhere. Any type of salt will work.
- Essential oils – I used lemon essential oil which I bought at Whole Foods. Citrus essential oils tend to be low cost and are great for kitchen use.
Check out more DIY body and household product posts. Join me while I attempt to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals I use in my house and on my body. If you are on a similar journey, I would love to share ideas with you! Please stay in touch via Facebook or feel free to leave a comment below.