With fancy marketing ploys everywhere we turn, it’s hard to know which “green” products are actually worth the extra dime. Start small, and where it matters most: your kitchen.
Finding a dishwasher detergent that is tough on your dishes yet gentle on the environment does not have to be complicated. Just make sure products with these listed chemicals don’t make their way into your grocery cart.
Haven’t found a detergent that meets your budget? Make your own! Check out this simple tried-and-true recipe, adapted from diyNatural.com. In a 32-ounce container mix 1 cup borax, ½ cup citric acid (doubled for hard water), ½ cup kosher salt, 1 teaspoon dry rice (to absorb moisture), cover with a lid and shake well. Use 1 tablespoon with each use, adding white vinegar in the “rinse aid” compartment.
— Hayley Segal, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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