Lemon Dishwasher Detergent

I have for a long time it seems been trying to figure out a great recipe for a homemade dishwasher detergent!  I hate spending tons of money on quality dishwasher detergents and it not any better when I spend less and buy a dishwasher detergent that clumps or clogs my dishwasher, leaves white residue, or simply does not get my dishes clean!

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I’ve tried all kinds of combinations of baking sodas, salts, and different citrus components.  The only thing I do not add to my dishwasher detergent and never experimented with is using borax.  I use borax in my homemade laundry detergent but never in my dishwasher detergent.  Why?  There is a lot of discussion surrounding just how safe borax is to use in household cleaners.  One side of the argument is that it is a completely safe ingredient the other is that it is a highly toxic and dangerous ingredient.
Here are the facts about borax:
When you google the question:   Is borax safe?
Answer:  Studies have not been done in humans regarding this; however, potential reproductive issues in mice are suspected from high levels of (ingested) borax. Borax is acutely toxic in the same manner that salt is (in rats, it’s 4500-5000 mg/kg of body weight, which is A LOT).
Just to be safe I choose not to use borax in my dishwasher detergent because we eat off those plates, bowls, cups, and silverware.  I do however use borax in my laundry detergent because borax is a very good water softener which aids in both the cleaning of the clothes and the removal of stains.
Now lets make some dishwasher detergent!
Ingredients:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Super Washing Soda
1 Cup Kosher Salt
1/3 Cup Lemi Shine ( or you could use citric acid )
10-20 drips lemon essential oil
Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together in an airtight container.  When you are ready to run your dishwasher use 1 TBSP of dishwasher detergent per load.   I always have a very full dishwasher every day with my family of 5 and 1 TBSP get everything nice and clean.  I also run my dishwasher with a “high water heat” setting to make sure everything is sterilized.
Bonus Tip!
You can also add a cup of white vinegar to either your rinse dispenser, the bottom of your dishwasher, or in a bowl in the top rack of your dishwasher.  This will work as a fantastically affordable and safe rinse aid in cleaning your dishes!

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