Monday, March 28, 2011

going hippie on your 'A'

ok so...i'm going to get a little hippie on your 'A' for a moment. let's talk about dish washing detergent for one sec.  if you wash your dishes with something, your going to eat a little bit of it. now, i know that grosses you out. but regular detergent contains all sorts of toxic situations. in fact, i believe it's one of the top things kids accidentally ingest to go to the ER for. but you're thinking, i'm only ingesting a super small amount so not a huge deal because it's minuscule... well players, if you eat something in tiny amounts at every meal, it's going to make a difference over a lifetime. agreed? mmmmkay! glad you're on board.

so making your own natural safe dishwashing detergent is incredibly easy and super cheap:
1)gather your ingredients. you probably have most of these...except borax. it's at walmart or target or any grocery store for $3. but it'll take you forever to use it all.
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1 cup vinegar, 2TBSP lemon concentrate, 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda. that is all. that's for the liquid version. if you want it dry, skip the vinegar and lemon. it still works great.


2)mix them together as if you are doing a 5th grade volcano science experiment. it will bubble...do not be alarmed.


3)store this mixture in some type of container. glass would be better, but i just returned the soap into my old dish soap container because it's easy to pour.
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shake each time you use it and only use half of what you normally use. if you made the dry powder version, use only one TBSP.


now also, another tip-a-roo is to use vinegar in your rinse aid instead of buying your usual stuff. it's great and super cheap...BAM! look at you, saving money like a mad woman.
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plus, just read the back of the borax box and they tell you jillion-patrillion other cleaning uses... it almost does your taxes for you too. i'm in love with borax. that sounds like a best-selling book, no?
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60 comments:

  1. Oh look at you blogging. About stuff.

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  2. I need to try this. I've tried the eco-friendly detergents though and all of them left nastiness on my dishes. :P

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  3. Thank youuuuuu!!! I just got talked into buying the Cascade packets things for the dishwasher and I could actually taste how "clean" my dishes were. Gross! I wlll be doing this ASAP, perfect timing!

    Also, we have hard water and my towels are rough and gross, good to know the Borax will help soften them up again!

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  4. Can't wait to try this out!
    Thanks for the tip.

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  5. Very interesting. I'm just starting to get interested in this kind of stuff. Very important to pay attention to the thing we may be ingesting.

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  6. So I guess I will be a hippy too :) It is funny how you change perspective on all the chemicals in your house when you are sick/pregnant, right!!??

    LOVE your posts!

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  7. borax has been a recent addition to my repertoire...it kills fleas. and boy did we have fleas. well, the dog. but you get it. supposedly it dessicates them by causing them to shed their exoskeleton and be left to die a slow hard death with no protection. :) and through this ordeals, i like that they died that way.

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  8. oh man. if this is the new hippie then put me in a peasant skirt and call me peace moon skies. 'cause i like it. i make my own laundry detergent out of a lot of the same stuff. maybe my dishwasher is broken. maybe i have to do my dishes with that sad little wand thing. do we think this would work in there?

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  9. Is it working for you? I did something like this and there was this film. The dishes didn't get sparkly clean. . . hmm.

    Have you tried laundry soap? I haven't had good luck with that either. Clothes just didn't get as clean.

    ps.
    Supposedly you can use LEMON-aid packets too :) Instead of citric acid.

    I should try again. . . maybe my water wasn't hot enough?

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  10. That's not so bad with lemon for the smell but if you're using vinegar and water as a cleaner for glass/bathroom/countertops etc, you can sub apple cider vinegar for a nicer, less harsh scent.

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  11. thank yoU! so gonna make some of this. and tumble it too to share with everyone!

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  12. i looked up borax just because i wasn't sure what it really was and i came across this blog talking about it?? what are your thought? do you think it's safe alternative?

    http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/05/borax-is-it-safe.html

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  13. So how did I NOT know about this? I use vinegar, baking soda & borax to clean every other object in our house except the dishes. Thanks for posting! I will be mixing some up this week!

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  14. I am excited to try this! Thanks for blogging about it :)

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  15. girl!!
    thanks so much for the tip.
    i was JUST bitching, er, i mean, discussing, how i was sick of spending all this money on dish soap, and how i was going to start handwashing. thank you for saving my sanity.

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  16. Thanks so much!! I make my own laundry detergent using borax, washing soda, and a bar of soap. It's super cheap and works great. Now I'm anxious to make this, too!

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  17. libby, ya, i mean, but i'd rather them ingest borax than chlorine(which is a main component in regular dish detergent). pick your poison...ha, literally. but i'll keep researching it, i never really thought about it being harmful! thanks!

    brooke,i've heard about it leaving film behind...but i heard that people are using too much of their mix. just use 1tbsp instead of 2 and also, make sure vinegar is in your rinse aid. but i mean, phosphates are what really get them sparkly--and those are pretty harmful. any natural brand you'll find, will be phosphate free regardless.

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  18. Living in the south we have ants - tons of them every year. I read someplace online to mix equal parts of borax and sugar (I use about 1 cup of each) mix, sprinkle it on undisturbed ant hills. It really works - I don't know if you want to try if you have animals. Borax is wonderful!

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  19. making this. tomorrow.
    thanks :)

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  20. money saver AND healthy eco friendly?!

    SIGN ME UP

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  21. there's another mindy who commented on here? whoah. cool.
    i am ready to try your dishwasher detergent. i already make it for our laundry...fels naptha smells SO GOOD!
    xoxo

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  22. Now this I just may try. Im getting all weirded out by the crazy colors of laundry detergent and the funky chemicals of my dish soap. I buy whatever is on sale, but it appears Borax is still cheaper! Hurrah.

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  23. what is lemon concentrate? for us dummies?? and you will be a true hippy if you TRY to naturally birth this bambino!! i will convince you yet :)

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  24. i'm all for eco friendly cleaning items... but is it just me... borax sounds like it's got to be the worse most toxic soap ever... guess it's just the name :)

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  25. Will have to give this a try! Thanks for posting the recipe!

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  26. I can't wait to try this. I need to switch all my cleaners to safer ones. Then I can justify letting my girls help me clean!! FINALLY

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  27. Mmmm. We had dish detergent for dinner tonight. Looking forward to trying this out. Already switched to water and vinegar on our floors and like it much better!

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  28. Ha! I was just talking to my friend today about making my own laundry detergent. I should probably look for a recipe for that, too, huh?

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  29. I am OBSESSED with Borax.......if you make a Borax Peroxide paste it is a magical stain remover on any and everything.

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  30. Thank you SO much for this post! I'm intrigued and will definitely be trying this. And just think ... my regular dish washing detergent just ran out last night. It's a sign.

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  31. trying this asap! I always use vinegar in the rinse and its ah.mazing. Thanks for the tips!

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  32. trying this asap! I always use vinegar in the rinse and its ah.mazing. Thanks for the tips!

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  33. well here i thought we were equal levels of hippie, but i guess not because I've never tried this one. thanks for posting!

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  34. I'll think about it... I'm kinda getting attached to the cascade gel taste on all of the dishes.
    Sounds a little too hippie to me. I might be able to warm up to the idea though.
    Thanks for the hippie tip!
    Love,
    Jenn

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  35. Hey thank you for the wonderful article it had been genuinely useful , I hope you will just publish additional about this ! This topic rocks

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  36. Or...you could be lazy and buy some sweet hippie goodness from Shaklee. :) I love the dishwasher detergent. You use a teeny tiny scoop. All natural. No chlorine, phosphates, fragrance, etc. Sparkly dishes included. Sales pitch over. :)

    http://tennessee.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=00295

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  37. hey this is flippin fantastic--thanks chick!

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  38. does this work for hand washing dishes too? I am not like THE REST OF you...I do not have a dishwasher.. :)
    Just wondering! Love ya!

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  39. gonna have to give that a shot. I'm a detergent over doser, so I'm going to have to seriusly cut back.

    Have you ever made homemade "gak" out of borax? fun stuff... your kids would love it.

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  40. First, love the post!! Never really thought about all the built up toxins for the kiddos, and it builds up faster in their little bodies. And why didn't I think of this? Every time I steal a drink from their sippy cup, yes-I do it all the time, it tastes and smells like detergent. So mom....get a clue. So thank you!!! Even the word Borax scared me so here is an alternative!!

    http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/221/1/Castile-soap.html

    Thanks!

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  41. I luv your blog TOOOOO much. Like this much, when i fall off the blog-wagon for like a week due to busy life stuff, and feel overwhelmed about where to bigin, I know i can always begin with yours. Thanks for your beautiful photography, honest to the bone soul and your kick arssss humor, lol. Blessing girl-
    Heather over at
    www.northropfamilymissions.blogspot.com

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  42. thank you for going hippie on us all.. i just might try this. key word might. just being an honest hippie.

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  43. I've never seen this before--I like it! Those are the same ingredients I use to clean a lot of things around here, so I've already got them on hand.

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  44. i'm so going to try this ... hoping it helps with the water stains left on my glasses :)

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  45. Thanks, Jamie, for sharing this! I just made it tonight & the first load is running through now :)

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  46. I was really hoping you made laundry detergent...I'm planning on making some when I get back to Peru. My kids are allergic to everything but tide which is reserved for rich americans. ;)
    I can't remember if I commented back after your last comment on my blog -ha-
    I'm glad you liked it. I'm planning to do more of that kind of stuff soon. I have a million things I need to write about and about a million other things on my head right now so when I sit down to blog I go blank. Then I write blog size comments here :P

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  47. k ... i caved and i tried this ... i tried is not because i am hippie and a natural nut ... but because i will do anything to try and overcome the remains that the soap leave on my dishes ... what i wouldn't give to have my glasses come out looking so nice and streak free ... sooo ... your concoction worked a tad so i am going to stick with it until i hear from you saying that you have discovered a natural way to clean dishes and have them come out looking squeeky clean with no dish soap residue ... thanks again my blogger friend!

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  48. perfect-o!! gonna give this a try and link back to you with my blog post about it. i just did homemade laundry detergent. never buying it again!

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  49. JUST got my dishwasher installed. First time I've had one in my life! (except for 9 months in a rental that we left so that doesn't count) I am crazy excited to try this since I use vinegar to clean everything. And borax, and lemon juice and baking soda.
    So this idea rocks!
    Thanks!
    Love from,
    Greta

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  50. Hey, just thought I would let you know if you wiki "borax" it tells you to keep it away from food. I know it is a natural agent but still harmful....this has been on my mind since reading this post, so thought I would throw that out thur!

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  51. i went for it...made this and used it tonight. my dishes look and feel better than they did with cascade complete. so happy. thx jami!

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  52. i'm obsessed! made this today because we ran out and have zero dollars for anything this week :( glad i made it! thanks for sharing! also really loving that popcorn in the micro...YUM. i'm sharing the detergent on my blog tomorrow and referencing you, of course!

    www.valley-mama.blogspot.com

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  53. I can't wait to give this a shot. i've tried several versions of the dry mix - including using sugar free lemon kool-aid, but my dishes ALWAYS came out cloudy and with lots of white stuff on them. They never rinsed clean. I'm hoping your liquid version is exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks for inspiring!

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  54. Tried this and it made a paste instead of a liquid form. What did I do wrong?:)

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  55. WORKS GREAT!!!
    Made a half batch to try it out with our hard water before committing to a full batch. Used it for about a week or two so I could be assured it wouldn't cloud up our glasses and such. And to make sure the dishes got clean, too. I also started using vinegar as a rinse aid two weeks prior to starting this. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
    No spotty glasses, no residue, no greasy pots, pans or plastic storage containers. Just finished making a double batch to put in my leftover Palmolive bottle!!
    Thanks a bunch!!!

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  56. Just saw this today and can't wait to try it.

    Just a quick request - could you change your font on the blog? The small print is difficult to read and all the "t"s having their tops cut off makes it harder. Thanks.

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  57. Just saw this via Pinterest and can't wait to try it.

    Would you think about changing your blog font though? It is difficult to read because it is small, and also the "t"s have their tops cut off. Thanks.

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