Saturday, June 11, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I've realized that there are a handful of friends of mine that make their own household cleansers. More than I originally thought, to be honest with you. They all have a variety of reasons for it. Nicole has said she doesn't buy dishwasher detergent because she makes her own. She doesn't use the dishwasher a whole lot but I love having one because I hate washing dishes by hand. Like the fabric softener, I purposely let myself run out of the dish washing detergent so I could try the recipe she uses.

What You Need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Borax (I used 1 cup of Borax.)

  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda (I used 1 cup of baking soda. This just makes a bigger batch that lasts longer.)

  • my one addition I had read about elsewhere was to add 1 packet of sugar free powdered lemonade mix (Kroger brand). This is supposed to give it that lemon-fresh smell we are used to in cleaners.

  • What You Do:
    Mix the Borax and baking soda together. Then, add to your dishwasher's detergent compartment, and run as usual. Since the lemon-fresh smell is so faint (practically non-existent), I think I'll just leave it out when I make it again.

    Why This Works:
    Borax and baking soda are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives – just what you need to blast away stuck on food and germs. In fact, you may be interested to learn that Borax is a common ingredient in many commercial detergents.

    Benefits of Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent:

  • inexpensive

  • no harsh chemicals

  • does not emit chlorine gas like other commercial detergents

  • effective sanitizer

  • effective stain remover

  • effective water softener

  • environmentally-friendly (phosphate-free)

  • Tips and Warnings:
    1) Borax sells under the name 20 Mule Team, and can be found on the laundry aisle.

    2) Keep prepared detergent out of the reach of children and pets.

    This powder mix works better than the gel I've bought in the past, both store brand and name brand gel. I used to buy the powder detergent before anyway, until I realized the gel worked better after trying it. However, I will go back to using the powder since I like this version of it!

    Got to Get Caught Up

    Things have been busy here since I last posted on May 31. On June 3, I wrecked my scoot.

    I was riding it because I had gone out to Portsmouth to visit the wife of a former patient we had in the hospice I work at. I needed to turn left and was completely stopped at the intersection. If I had been driving our Blazer, I would have made the turn the exact same way. It was all clear so I gave the scoot some gas and went on. Literally halfway through the intersection, I fell over. There was no in-between: I was moving and then I was on the ground in the road with the scoot on my leg. My husband thinks I may have hit some loose gravel, when I told him what had happened.

    Thankfully, one guy with a good heart whose name I didn't catch, helped me pick up the scooter and set it up right. (They weigh about 240 lbs, empty.) Like a dumbass, I rode the damn thing home. It was meant to be a practical move: we don't have a ramp to get the scooter into the back of  my husband's pick up truck anyway.

    So I scooted from downtown Norfolk to Oceanview very slowly. I had a scratched up windshield (note to all scooter riders out there: GET A WINDSHIELD! After looking at the scratches on it in real life, I realize it caught a lot of damage that could have potentially been done to ME.), a broken front turn signal, assorted scratches, mirrors all knocked crooked, and my handlebars were bent. My plan was to go home, clean up my left ankle, hop in the Blazer, and worry about the scoot later on. Yeah, that didn't happen.

    As soon as I got home and took off my shoes, I couldn't stand on my left ankle anymore. So I called my supervisor to let her know I wouldn't be back to the office, and then my husband to let him know I wanted to go to the ER to get my leg looked at. Luckily, my head never hit the ground so my helmet was intact. But for a while there, I was thinking I had done some serious damage to myself.

    My left leg is extremely ugly right now, all different shades of red, black, blue, purple, and grey. It's just all bad bruising and a sprain. I wore a boot for almost a week and I'm down to just an Ace bandage now. I need to toss it out tonight. From the road rash on the outside of my ankle, the bandage looks like a haz-mat concern now from the oozing. I'm glad there wasn't any real blood or anything broken! The worst part was for a couple of days, that torn big toe nail stung like a mo-fo.

    The good news is that the insurance company has approved the repairs! I dropped the scoot off last Monday and the check should be there yesterday or today. Brambleton Avenue=0, Amy Lynn=1! Take that, bitch! :)