by Diana E. Natalie Johnson
RECIPE PROVIDED BY: Michelle Anderson of ‘The Glow Drops’. PHOTOS: Michelle Anderson.
So you open the dishwasher to put away the “clean” dishes and are hit with a cloud of synthetic chemical scent – enough to give some people a headache. Your forks taste like cheap perfume, and your drinking glass smells like a dryer sheet. First world problem, yes, and one we would do well to avoid. Especially as we become more diligent in kicking harsh chemicals out of our lives that lurk in so many commercial products, and invite nature’s remedies, healers and detoxifiers in…
DID YOU KNOW? FORMALDEHYDE, a dangerous substance, given the red flag by health agencies, is still used in dishwashing products? “Formaldehyde can be listed as methyl glycol, formalin, methyl oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanal, oxymethylene, or CAS Number 50-00-0. All of these are names for formaldehyde under OSHA’s* Formaldeyde standard.”(1)
(*OSHA: Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
SO WHY D.I.Y.?
These essential oil-infused D.I.Y. dish tabs WORK and are EASY to make, providing a safe, cost-effective alternative to those heavily perfumed and potentially toxic commercial dish tabs or pods…while at the same time PROTECTING your indoor air quality and food surfaces from harmful residues.
A shout out to our friend Michelle, of The Glow Drops, a vibrant Young Living essential oils group, for providing us with this D.I.Y. and the lovely pictures to go with it…
D.I.Y. DISH TABS Ingredients:
For one batch you will need…
Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, measuring cup, a half teaspoon measure, an ice cube tray to use as a mould, and a storage container.
1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1/2 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon Thieves™ Household Cleaner added in 1/2 teaspoon increments* (a truly all-aurpose ‘Essential Oil Infused’ concentrate). *Keep adding Thieves concentrate in 1/2 teaspoon increments, up to approx. 1 Tablespoon, OR until the mixture holds together loosely when squeezed in your hand. SEE PHOTO BELOW…
(Note: Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits. As an isolated compound it is sold as a white crystalline powder, available at your local bulk foods store. Citric acid is used as a food additive/preservative, and as a powerful cleaning agent. A natural chemical, Citric acid is a weak organic tricarboxylic acid having the chemical formula C₆H₈O₇.
METHOD & USAGE:
In a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, measure and mix all ingredients JUST UNTIL moistened.
SUCCESS HINT: START WITH THE one teaspoon of Thieves™ Cleaning Concentrate and only add the additional half teaspoon if needed for the mixture to loosely hold its form.
Press into an ice cube tray. Let sit to dry overnight.
Carefully pop your dish tabs out of the ice cube tray and store in a container.
Use as you would commercial dishwasher tabs – add to machine for any cycle.
USAGE TIP: Your D.I.Y. Dish tabs also make great ‘toilet bombs’. Toss one in the bowl and watch it fizz and bubble! Swish with a cleaning brush and flush! Safe for septic systems and not harmful to municipal water supplies.
For questions or further information on how to obtain the finest Essential Oils produced with utmost purity shipped directly to your door, contact Diana at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saving Face. ©2016. Sabina M. DeVita, Wellness Institute of Living and Learning.
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN IS SIMPLY INTENDED TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.