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Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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Looking for an easy, all-natural recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent? Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwasher Detergent uses real lemons, salt, and vinegar to make liquid dishwasher detergent that is effective and non-toxic.
Time: 40 Minutes Cost: $1.75 Difficulty: Easy
1. Cut whole lemons into small ¼ inch thick chunks, remove all seeds but keep the fruit, peel, and pith.
2. Simmer lemons in water using a stainless steel sauce pan until water is reduced and lemons are very tender, about 20 minutes.
3. Blend cooked lemon with more water until very smooth.
4. Strain lemon mixture through colander back into stainless steel saucepan.
5. Add vinegar and kosher salt to the saucepan and stir until well combined.
6. Bring mixture to a slow boil and cook for 10-15 allowing it to thicken slightly.
7. Cool completely.
8. Attach a free printable label (download at Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwasher Detergent ) and store in a glass container.
To wash dishes: Fill dishwasher detergent dispenser with the fresh lemon gel. (about three tablespoons of detergent).
Total cost = $1.75 for 32 ounces, about $0.10 a wash .
Get the full recipe for Fresh Lemon Homemade Dishwasher Detergent at BrenDid.com and be sure to check out all my other green cleaning recipes.
Want to make dish detergent for hand washing? I have a hand washing dish detergent recipe! You can see it here: http://brendid.com/non-toxic-homemade-dish-detergent-for-hand-washing/

Materials used for this project:

  • Fresh lemons   (grocery store)
  • White vinegar   (grocery store)
  • Kosher salt   (grocery store)
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To see more: http://brendid.com/fresh-lemon-homemade-dishwasher-detergent/

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 22, 2016

    Oo I need to try this! I bet it smells so fresh and amazing.

    • Bren Did
      Bren Did Omaha, NE
      on Aug 22, 2016

      It does make the whole house smell fresh and lemony when cooking and washing dishes!

  • Blindsgalore
    Blindsgalore San Diego, CA
    on Aug 22, 2016

    I love this idea and can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bren Did
      Bren Did Omaha, NE
      on Aug 22, 2016

      Thanks Blindsgalore I hope you like the detergent.

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Aug 23, 2016

    This is so do-able!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Bren Did
      Bren Did Omaha, NE
      on Aug 23, 2016

      Thanks Hillela, I hope you stop by my blog (BrenDId.com) and check out all my other easy green cleaners. I love simple ones!

  • Mariermaher
    Mariermaher
    on Aug 23, 2016

    I love this idea. Cant wait to try it.

    • Bren Did
      Bren Did Omaha, NE
      on Aug 23, 2016

      Thanks Mariemaher! Come visit me at BrenDid.com too.

  • TC Tefik Tasdemir
    TC Tefik Tasdemir
    on Aug 23, 2016

    May I ask why kosher salt?

    • Bren Did
      Bren Did Omaha, NE
      on Aug 23, 2016

      There are 2 reasons: 1) kosher salt is cheaper 2) I generally use kosher salt in my cleaning because it is more coarse than table salt. Thanks for commenting, I hope you stop by my blog (BrenDid.com) and check out all my other easy green cleaners.

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