How to Make Green Dishwasher Detergent

One of the newest efforts of the Green community is to lower the amount of Phosphorus that is released into the oceans. One of the major sources of this phosphorus is dishwasher detergents. Some states are even reducing and completely phasing out the sales of detergents with 0.5% phosphorus or more.

In the oceans, harmful algae blooms feed on the phosphorus. Harmful algae blooms are algae that release toxins which are harmful to marine plant and animal life. When these algae die, oxygen is used up as they decay in the water. The marine life then suffocates from the lack of oxygen.

Large algae blooms also appear in freshwater lakes and streams as well as drinking water supplies. This is perhaps why non-coastal communities are also making an effort to eliminate dishwashing detergents containing phosphorus.

If you think that soaps containing phosphorus are not an important issue, consider this for a moment: Hand soaps and dishwashing soaps that are designed to be used with your hands, do not contain phosphorus. It is too dangerous of a substance for that much skin interaction.

There are commercial phosphorus free dishwashing detergents available in your local grocery store. It will say ‘Phosphorus Free’ very clearly on the box. Green cleaners are very popular products and having a phosphorus free product is a something that manufacturers are very happy to market. These products are also a bit more expensive than the regular dishwasher detergent.

You can make your own Green detergent and save a lot of money at the same time.

Here’s how to do it:

Mix equal parts Borax and Washing Soda and store in a plastic container. Both Borax and Washing Soda can be picked up at your local grocery or drug store. They are very common items.

When you use the dishwasher, pour some of the Borax/Soda mixture into the soap dispenser of the machine. If your dishes are really dirty, you can put in an extra amount. Put it in the little container with the door. The door will pop open while the machine is working, creating a second wash cycle.

Use vinegar in the anti-spotting container in the machine. Vinegar is great at getting rid of spots. Not only does it work better than the commercial products it is much, much cheaper.

I strongly urge you to try this Green technique. Not only does it globally affect food supplies as well as the marine ecosystem but it also affects local water supplies, including much needed water for communities.

Many people will be surprise by how much money they will save by making their own dishwasher detergent. Prices are going up on all household products and the boxes of detergent at the store seem to be getting smaller and smaller while the prices just seem to go through the roof.

Whatever you do, make sure you use phosphorus free dishwasher detergent. It really affects the world.

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