one big fat frugal flop.

(and a frugal success to make up for it).

a while back i switched from using rinse aid in our dishwasher to just filling the dispenser with white vinegar. i couldn't even tell the difference, so i admit i got a little bold. because of the phosphates in dishwasher detergent, i thought i'd feel more comfortable using more natural (read: edible) ingredients to clean the dishes. it worked for laundry, why not for dishes, right?

so i found a bunch of recipes online, but most of them called for borax, which is poisonous and hazardous to male reproductive organs, so what could be the harm in just leaving it out?

well, i don't know if it was the lack of borax or the concept of homemade dishwasher detergent in general, but it was HORRIBLE. everything came out with food still stuck on it, plus a layer of powdery grime, and it all smelled like watermelon (since the recipes called for straight citric acid, which i would have to special order, or invisible kool-aid for its citric acid content). gross.

so there you have it. sometimes splurging for target-brand dishwasher detergent, phosphates and all, is worth it. (don't get me wrong, i still use way less than the box calls for and use baking soda for the missing detergent.)

on to happier homefront news, i'm loving the cloth wipes i made. since i've been using cloth diapers for a few months, it's SO NICE to be able to just throw the wipes in the diaper pail and wash them with everything else as opposed to having to throw them in a separate trash can and having my bathroom smell like old poop.

i keep the dry wipes in an old wipe box, and the solution in a spray bottle. then i spray it on the wipe or directly on his butt as needed. i feel like they work better than store-bought wipes!

here's the recipe for the solution:

half a bottle of water
some almond oil (or olive oil or normal baby oil would work)
a few drops of tea tree oil
some castile soap (or baby wash)

not super scientific, but that's how i roll. (maybe that's why my dishwasher recipe flopped.)

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