Here's a DIY natural dishwasher rinse aid recipe you can use to help get your dishes sparkling and extra clean without any toxins. It's very simple – you only need two ingredients – hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar and citric acid.
Why Make Your Own Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid?
Making your own products from home is cheaper, especially when you buy the supplies in bulk. When you buy products from the stores, unless you're buying a concentrate, you're paying for mostly water!
Many ingredients in store-made dishwashing, cleaning, laundry, bath body and beauty products contain ingredients that are toxic and even fatal to aquatic life. They harm our delicate ecosystems and are polluting the planet. Also, when you buy the ingredients in bulk and reuse your bottles and containers, you produce less trash and waste, which is better for our planet.
Regular store-made dishwashing rinse aids and detergents contain numerous toxins that also harm our health, and you can read more about that below!
Toxins in Dishwasher Rinse Aids
Also known as bleach. Ingestion can cause burns to the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Think but how many toddlers have ingested dishwashing detergent!
It is also corrosive and may irritate the skin and cause burns. It is a lung irritant when inhaled and it aggravates asthma and allergies. It’s also very toxic to aquatic life (source).
I’ve written about the dangers of artificial fragrances many times here on the blog! Artificial fragrances can trigger asthma attacks, worsen allergies, and cause inflammation in the sinuses that can lead to more frequent colds and respiratory infections. That’s why I prefer to scent my homemade products with essential oils.
Fake fragrances disperse particles of formaldehyde and phthalates (thy-lates) into the air. Phthalates are small particles of plastic that are used to bind the artificial fragrance molecules together. We then breathe in those tiny particles of plastic and they get into our nose and lungs – yuck!
Dyes do nothing to make the dishwasher detergent perform better so they are totally unnecessary. The FDA actually now prohibits the use of dyes in cosmetics because it causes cancer in rats. Yet they can get all over our dishes and on our clothes? It also caused thyroid tumors to grow in rodents in other studies. Dyes are considered toxic by the EWG.org (source).
Learn About the Ingredients in this Dishwasher Rinse Aid
This is a safe and effective disinfectant and alternative option to chlorine bleach. Its molecules are made of two hydrogen and two oxygen atoms (H2O2) that decompose after use back into oxygen and hydrogen, so it’s completely green and nontoxic, and is colorless and odorless to boot. It must be stored in a dark container or cabinet out of direct sunlight as sunlight will break it back down into oxygen and hydrogen.
For household cleaning, the 3% solution is an effective disinfectant if left on for 30 minutes or more. It can also be used as a laundry and upholstery stain remover for light or white items. I wouldn’t use it on colored items as it will remove the color like bleach does.
Another option to get stronger disinfecting power from your hydrogen peroxide is to use the 12% solution, which you can find here.
I have a whole post I wrote just about hydrogen peroxide – see it here!
White Distilled Vinegar
Vinegar is completely safe and a very effective window, all purpose cleaner, and sanitizer due to its acidic nature.But, we all know vinegar kinda stinks. So you can make some citrus infused vinegar (see my tutorial on that here) to lessen the scent, or add your choice of lovely smelling essential oils to it.
Essential oils are wonderful to use in cleaners. They add extra cleaning and germ fighting power, and also smell wonderful, making the cleaning experience more enjoyable! In my family, we also use them for our health. I only use Young Living Essential Oils as I’ve found them to be the best and most effective ones on the market. They have starter kits that make using oils for your health easier to learn about and have success with! Learn more about their oils here.
Lemon essential oil in particular is known for lifting stuck on particles off – like a natural goo-gone.Print
DIY Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid
A recipe for a simple natural dishwashing rinse aid to make sure your dishes get sparkling clean!
Pour the hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar into the squeeze bottle. All the Citric Acid and then the essential oils or lemon juice. Gently swish the solution around until it is well combined. Fill your dishwasher rinse aid compartment with the solution and depending on your washer and how often you use it, it should last for a weeks to a month.
You can find citric acid in the same section as the canning supplies, or just purchase through my link here to get on Amazon.
Would You Rather Buy than Make?
If you'd rather buy than make your own natural dishwasher rinse aid, that's fine, too! Here's what I love and can recommend: