I had to make a few changes to that recipe because once I purchased the citric acid the recipe called for, I realized just how expensive these tabs really are! So you are definitely helping the environment by cutting down on plastic, and you're helping your family by cutting down on chemicals, you're not really helping your wallet. The little bottle of citric acid I bought (which was less than 1/2 cup measured out) cost me almost $7. This recipe asked for 1-1/2 cups! That would cost $28, not exactly cheap. I also had a tough time finding 'washing soda' - so I just had to make my own for this recipe and omit it from the one I came up with myself.
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
10 drops essential oil
1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl (don't use metal)
2. Gradually mix in vinegar, small amounts at a time - it will foam up.
3. Mix in essential oil and pack tightly into 2 ice-cube trays.
4. Set trays in a sunny spot and allow to dry & harden for 24 hours.
Trust me, your dishes will be clean and fresh without residue and it'll cost you about $12 initially - but you probably won't have to purchase any more supplies for a half a year! Pretty great for the environment, your family and your bank account!
1 cup Borax
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup salt
1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Fill your rinse aid reservoir with vinegar.
3. Place 1 tbsp of powder mix in detergent reservoir and top with one drop essential oil. Add a 1/2 tbsp of powder to pre-wash reservoir.
That's it! So quick and easy!