Green Dishwashing Failure

One of my goals is to reduce the chemicals in our house. I’m starting with our cleaning products. After using the last of our chemical-laden Cascade, I decided to try a green detergent made of borax, washing soda and baking soda. The results left a lot to be desired. My dishes were coated with a nice layer of white residue. I attempted to rerun the load with less detergent, but it didn’t solve the problem. I had to hand scrub the entire load, taking so much more time than if they were just dirty from use.

I know our hard water with lovely orange staining abilities and lack of a water softener are to blame for the issue, but I’m still very frustrated about it. Here I am trying to do what I think is best for my family, and my failure is not welcome!

But I’m not giving up. I’ll try just a few dishes with about half the amount of detergent. If it works, I’ll be thrilled. If it doesn’t, I won’t have as much to hand wash, and I’ll move on to another recipe.

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