Everywhere you go you can hear people talking about eco-friendly products and about protecting the environment. I agree that the change needs to be done with every single person, but I did not pay too much attention until I stayed home with my small kids and I developed a very annoying allergy to dish detergents. That is when I realized that the products used by people in the past for cleaning the dishes were a lot less harmful from this point of view. So , believe it or not I asked my grandma to tell me one of her old DIY dish washing detergent recipes and I experimented.
Of course there are many such recipes, but most of them use baking soda and borax as main ingredients. These ingredients are mixed in equal quantities and sometimes you can add some liquid dish soap for a better mix. If you want some really white and shiny dishes you can also add a spoonful of vinegar in the rinse compartment. An interesting recipe uses 1/2 cup citric acid and one of kosher salt mixed with a cup of borax and one of baking soda. Some people also use lemon juice instead of vinegar for rinsing. Any way, I can assure you this is perfectly safe to be used when you hand wash the dishes and even in the dishwasher.