There is a lot of controversy over the safety of borax. As a popular ingredient in many natural recipes, the debates can get pretty heated. I personally resonated with this article from Crunchy Betty (borax is not the same as boric acid)… and I still occasionally use borax for some cleaning purposes. And when I first started making my own homemade dish detergent I used a recipe that called for borax.
For the most part I was really happy with the homemade dish detergent recipe. It did the job. It was easy to make. It was a lot more natural than the commercial stuff I was previously using. And it was pretty frugal, to boot. But I did notice that it left a strange film on the few plastic items we use. (Still working on getting the plastic out completely. Baby steps.) I didn’t feel great thinking about my little girl consuming borax… even in tiny amounts.
After some research and testing, I was able to make a homemade dish detergent recipe without borax. And it works just as well. Maybe even better, actually. And since I’m still not entirely convinced about the safety of borax, why not skip it. Right?
But before you make your homemade dish detergent:
One thing I noticed about this recipe, compared to my borax one, is that the mixture did clump up. Luckily, making your own desiccant is super easy. A desiccant absorbs the moisture that is in the container, keeping the intended product drier and less clumpy. Depending on the humidity level in your home, some of your home homemade cleaning products may need a desiccant to keep them from clumping. (Things like powdered laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent).
So are you ready to make some toxic-free, borax-free homemade dish detergent and desiccant? Good! These are just two of the 70 recipes you’ll find in my ebook Toxic Free. Check it out for more great resources to toxic-free living.
Powdered white or bentonite clay
Fabric pouch: child’s sock, end of a pair of pantyhose, or a piece of cheesecloth
Put 2 tbsp. of clay in your fabric pouch of choice. If using the sock or pantyhose, simply tie a knot at the end. If using cheesecloth, place clay in the middle and then tie ends together to form a little pouch. Place inside airtight container. Replace as needed.
Homemade Dish Detergent without Borax
Mix to combine. Use 1 Tbs. per load.