As you may have already read, the old version worked great with my old washer… but every machine is different, and so I had to come up with a slightly altered formula to yield better performance now that our kitchen remodel is complete.
A bit of tinkering and voila! A new version using the same ingredients that leaves us with a dryer washer when we go to unload and sparkling clean dishes (especially the glassware!). YAY! I feel like a superhero. A green, DIY, frugal superhero.
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As before, you can scent this detergent however you like given whichever essential oils you choose to use. I am partial to a lemon-eucalyptus blend, but other nice combos would be rosemary-lavender, peppermint-lemon, or any sort of citrus-herb pairing.
2/3 cups washing soda
1/3 cup baking soda
1/3 cup kosher (or course) salt
1/3 cup citric acid (easy to buy in bulk online)
16-20 drops essential oil (I usually do 8 or 9 drops of each scent)
- Combine washing soda, baking soda, salt, and citric acid in airtight container or glass jar. Mix well.
- Add in essential oils and stir again, mixing well.
- Store indefinitely in your airtight container. Use approximately 1 Tbsp per load (with a heaping tablespoon for heavier loads).
- Don’t forget to use your vinegar rinse aid!