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Zero Waste Cleaning: How To Make Dish Washer Powder

When cutting down on waste and embracing a greener life, Zero Waste cleaning plays a big part. But why have we switched away, as a society, from natural and eco-friendly options?

Follow the money…

As explained in my post on how to make dish soap, I explain that the cleaning product industry makes an insane amount of money and they are not ready to stop. To maintain and grow their revenue, they come with new marketing strategies that makes us doubt the efficiency of more simple products and encourages us to always by more and more expensive. 

But when we think about the insane amount of water wasted with the harmful chemicals in them, and know that there are simpler, cost effective and healthy ways to our home clean, best is to cut down the noise and 5 minutes to make our own product.

When it comes to our dishwasher, there’s a great debate on whether we should use them or not, some argue that we use less water with our dishwasher that when doing it manually (if the washer is packed that is) so keeping it is up to us, our needs and the way we use them.

But today I wanted to share a recipe to keep using you dish washer with sustainable products. Which are the easiest thing you can do. Seriously.


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  1. A container ( I use an old Kimchi container) but a mason jar or any other sealable container will do the job.

  2. 1 cup of Washing Soda

  3. 1 cup of Baking Soda ( instead of borax that grades poorly on EWG)

  4. 1/2 cup of Salt

  5. 3/4 cup of Citric Acid


This is so easy I don’t really know where to start! Put all your ingredient together in a bowl mix them together with a spatula. Fill your container with the powder and you have your dishwasher detergent. It’s THAT easy.

Let me know if you have questions, want to hear about a specifics or if you simply enjoy this recipe! Share it on Pinterest to have it handy in the future!

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