Imagine you had a home party for your child’s birthday and everything was great and lovely. However, in the end, you have to clean up all dishes and you go to start your biggest helper, your dishwasher. And then, your greatest nightmare comes true. You realize you ran out of dishwasher detergent! Don’t panic! There is definitely a dishwasher detergent substitute and this is exactly what we are going to speak about.
You have a mountain of dishes to clean, but you ran out of dishwasher detergent? Or maybe you just want to unleash your creativity and decide to make your own dishwasher substitute detergent. For sure, you already have in your home the required ingredients to make the final product you want (dishwasher detergent). There are many alternatives and substitutes to replace the dishwasher detergent. And most of them are made with products that all of you have at home. Some of the dishwasher detergent substitutes are borax and soda, washing soda, homemade liquid detergent, homemade powder detergent, and castile soap. We will begin now to explain how to perform these replacements step by step.
Borax and Soda
Borax is a powder that can be found and purchased in grocery laundry store. This powder combined with a baking soda or a washing soda easily makes a dishwasher detergent substitute. An important thing to remember is that the ratio between borax and soda has to be 1tbps to 1tbps. Just mix them, and you have your dishwasher detergent substitute ready for use!
Also, only washing soda can be used alone as a substitute for a dishwasher detergent. This soda as we said previously, can also be combined with borax. The effect you get by using it alone or combined with borax is almost the same, with some minor differences.
Homemade Liquid Detergent
There is a recipe that should be followed for this homemade liquid detergent to be made. What you have to do, is simply combine 1/2 cup borax and ½ cup washing or baking soda. Next, you have to combine 1/4 cup kosher salt, 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 3/4 cup of water. After this, the mixture is ready for use. You can use 1 to 2 tbsp. as a dishwasher detergent substitute.
Homemade Powder Detergent
Another thing that you can use is a homemade powder detergent. Same as the homemade liquid detergent there is a recipe that should be followed to make this detergent. You should combine 1 cup of borax and baking or washing soda with 1 tbsp. kosher salt and a packet of lemonade mix. Once you combine them, the homemade powder dishwasher detergent is ready for use. You can use 1 to 2 tbsp. as a dishwasher detergent. Actually, the effect you get is the same as with the homemade liquid detergent.
Castile Soap and Soda
The soda is a really important product in all of these recipes for a homemade dishwasher detergent. However, there is no home that stays without soda. You have to use soda in this recipe for a homemade detergent as well. Castile soap is a low-sudsing soap made of plant oils. You have to combine equal parts castile soap with baking or washing soda – the choice is yours. You have to use 1 to 2 tbsp. in your dishwasher’s soap dispenser for a dishwasher detergent replacement.
To sum up
As a conclusion, we can simply say that if you run out of dishwasher detergent, DON’T PANIC! You don’t have to wash all dishes by hand. There are a lot of things that you can use as a substitute for the dishwasher detergent and most of them you already have in your home!