I’ve been using this formula for about a year now in my Bosch Automatic dishwasher, which is by now around seven years old. For me it’s been the best alternative (I tried a few recipes along the way) to my previous commercial brand. It’s quick and easy to make with four basic ingredients, it saves me money and is a healthier option compared to the chemically based powder I was using previously. I also use use less: One tablespoon is sufficient for a load, whereas my previous brand took about three tablespoons. I have also replaced my previous rinse-aid with good old white vinegar, so a greener, healthier option and a money saver there too 🙂
Notes on Ingredients and Suppliers:
- See ‘Suppliers and Outlets’ at the foot of this page to source your ingredients.
- Remember to consider the issue of packaging: ask your suppliers if they will accept returns on reusables, before resorting to the recycling bins.
- Don’t overlook the supermarket brands: for instance Robertsons and Moirs use cardboard and paper packaging for their Bicarbonate of Soda and some other salts, as opposed to plastic.
Ingredients and Instructions
Mix and store in an airtight container:
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate of soda in ZA)
- 1 cup citric acid
- A half cup of table salt.