Hard water is water with excess amounts of minerals in it. These minerals make it more difficult for cleaners to do their job. However, cleaners can be made with easy-to-find ingredients that will be just as effective as commercial cleaners. The key to a homemade cleaner for hard water is borax. Borax is a natural water softener found in the laundry aisle of supermarkets. It is also a disinfectant, making it an ideal addition to homemade cleaners.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
- Lemon essential oil
Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup citric acid and 30 drops of lemon essential oil.
Add the mixture to an airtight container.
Use 1 tbsp of powder for each load of dishes. If dishes are still dirty due to hard water, try 2 tbsp of powder.
Mix 1 tbsp borax, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp water and 2 drops of lemon essential oil.
Add the mixture to the dishwasher.
Run the dishwasher as normal.
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