Homemade dishwasher detergent for hard water

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Homemade dishwasher detergent for hard water
Use borax to soften water. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Citric acid
  • Lemon essential oil

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    Dishwasher Powder

  1. 1

    Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup citric acid and 30 drops of lemon essential oil.

  2. 2

    Add the mixture to an airtight container.

  3. 3

    Use 1 tbsp of powder for each load of dishes. If dishes are still dirty due to hard water, try 2 tbsp of powder.

    Dishwasher Liquid

  1. 1

    Mix 1 tbsp borax, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp water and 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

  2. 2

    Add the mixture to the dishwasher.

  3. 3

    Run the dishwasher as normal.

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