2013, that was when I first made these. It was one of the most popular posts from the former Dolly is Cooking website. I thought since it was liked so well I would carry it on over here for you to use.
Ingredients for a Single Batch
1/2 cup each Borax, Washing Soda and Epsom Salts
1 Tbs each Citric Acid and Baking Soda
2 Tbs White Vinegar 5% Acidity,
2 tsp Citrus Essential Oil. I used Orange
*Hint it would help if mold compartments fit the dishwasher compartment
Container ~ Airtight with Lid and Labeled
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vinegar 1 spoon at a time using more or less as needed. Stir in essential oil. You will want this mixture to be slightly dry but wet enough to be molded. It will need to hold it's shape. Just press between fingers to see it it holds.
Place in your mold. Let dry completely until you can remove from mold. Place on layered paper towels or a large rack on open counter to finish air drying. this could take 2 days or more.
*Caution Keep Away From Children! For some reason they find them irresistible!
You know I like my clear containers
The Tabs look so pretty in them
I found the recipe online and found this video to be a great tutorial.
These are good dishwasher tabs but you must use a Rinse Aid at all times with them. I use these for awhile and also use Finish Powerball Tabs from time to time to keep the dishes sparkling. I don't find them or any homemade dishwasher detergent to do the job spotlessly for long periods of time. However, this is the best homemade mixture I've found that works well with my clear glass etc.
In Conclusion: Use often but not constantly for clean clear sparkling dishes, crystal, silverware alternate with a national brand like Finish to keep them sparkling!
until next time,
I thought I'd add this because I'm asked this all of the time: How safe is this for the septic system?
Epsom Salts--Safe **(unless as a plumber stated that you are pouring 500 lbs of the stuff in your septic system at one time)
Essential Oils--Safe **(I used Food Grade)