Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

I made it today. Here is the recipe. Mine didn't turn out so thick even though I have cooked it for about 15 minutes. It withstood the first trial rather well, though.


  1. Housewife from FinlandAugust 24, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    That's propably much more hand friendly than regular detergents.

    Lemons can vary great deal in size and how "watery" they are, so I guess it is natural that the texture of the detergent varies, too.

  2. Well, I have been wondering about that since the detergent I normally use claims to be pH neutral, while lemons have lots of acid in them and, of course, vinegar, too. The main problem with this stuff I encountered so far is that you need to use a lot of it, so it won't last for a long time and I don't fancy myself spending every third day in the kitchen making it:) Of course, it's apparently meant for a dishwasher, not for washing by hand and I know I tend to overuse the detergent...

  3. Housewife from FinlandAugust 24, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    So it hardly saves any money? Lemons are quite expensive, at least here. And detergents are not.

    I tend to overuse all detergents, handwashing, dishwasher, laundry, you name it. I just don't feel stuff gets clean otherwise.

  4. Lemons don't cost that much over here, I think I paid something like 2 euro for a net of 5, but it's definitely more costly than the detergent I use which is about 1 euro. It's just that I keep wondering if all this chemical stuff is really good for you.

  5. Housewife from FinlandAugust 25, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    Do you rinse dishes after washing them? Here in Finland we always do that, so I am not that concerned about the chemicals. The biggest problem is that they can eutrophic lakes and seas.

    Have you tried "soap nuts"? I do laundry with them every now and then and I have read that some people make dishwashing detergent from them, too. They are not that expensive.

    They was laundry all right, but since there is no scent, clean laundry starts to smell like "closet" very quickly if it is not in regular use. One should use some etheric oil with them and I haven't found oil that smells clean enough for me. But they are very good for wool clothes.

    Here's one link if you are interested:

  6. I actually wash them under running water though I probably shouldn't. Never heard about soap nuts before, never saw them sold over here, but thanks for the tip:)

    For laundry I use a very simple detergent without any scent. Never had problems with musty smell, but then some of my laundry dries outside.