Not anymore. Did I have lots of dishes suddenly and go through an extra large bottle quickly? No...
Do I suddenly have an extra large bottle that sounds like it is filled with gravel and has to be thrown away? Yes...
I think it MIGHT be because there is no insulation in the wall of our kitchen where the cabinets are. Yes, that's the wall where I just painted the ceramic backspash. So, we're in our "thinking of a cheap solution" mode for that chilly problem. We left the detergent on the counter overnight in hopes that it just needed to thaw out. No dice. (Well, actually it sounds like it is filled with dice...)
I hate throwing away things.... especially big bottles that are still 3/4 full!
So, I gathered my ingredients (which are the same as the laundry detergent I made ) and mixed it up. It really isn't hard. It is even easier than the laundry soap. I have two recipes.....
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup baking soda
Since I have all three ingredients, I made a combo. I only used 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup washing soda, and threw in some baking soda for good measure.
I mixed it up, put the lid on it, and shook it up. My Borax is getting a little clumpy, so I mixed it all up with a fork so I could sift through it and mash the clumps (I'm sure there is a technical term for that, but I don't know it...).
You only need 2 TBS per load. I have the first batch in the dishwasher right now. Yeah, I know, I should probably wait until I see the end results before I post... ah well :) My mom recently made some with baking soda and Borax and it happy with her results. I'll let you know about mine.
I wasn't sure what to store it in. I remembered that I have these lids for canning jars and happened to recently have emptied this jar.
Dave Ramsey will be proud. (well, minus having to throw away a good deal)
Check out the link parties to the right. I shared this post with We Are That Family. (I still love that name :))