Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hair Brained Ideas

I've told y'all that we had dishwasher problems. The one pictured to the left I brought upon myself.

I read the Artful Parent's post on having a "I'm not a dirty hippie party." It inspired me to make the dishwasher detergent since I had the Borax from making silly putty.

Except that I didn't read the recipe correctly. I bought Arm & Hammer clothes detergent. Bubbles were comming out my ears - and kitchen!! I really wanted to make it work, so the next wash cycle, I filled the dispenser only 1/2 full and still had bubbles.

So, I emailed Jean (the Artful Parent) and she said:

You need to use arm and hammer washing soda NOT arm and hammer detergent. It's sold as a powder in a box (just like the borax) in the laundry section. It's called "Super Washing Soda" and is subtitled "Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner". It's an orange box that looks just like an arm & hammer baking soda box, but it's big, like the borax box. I didn't find it in all the stores I went to. Look in the regular grocery stores, not the health foody ones.

Gotcha. My next trip to the x-mart, I bought more Arm & Hammer. Except I didn't learn my lesson the first time and read the label on the box. This time I bought a big box of baking soda in the laundry section. This concoction left a nasty film on my dishes. I should have read Jean's email again before opening the box and pouring it into my machine!

Sometimes I get in a hurry and don't read the directions. Most of the time I can get away with it. I didn't this time.

All this to say, I'm giving up on making dishwasher detergent.

However there are more hair brained ideas I've tried lately. Tomorrow I'll tell you about them.


John and Pam said...

Sounds wise to just buy it at the store!

MerrandaVK said...

You are a riot! ha! Well, at least you tried :)

Julie said...

i am so sorry... it makes for fun blogging though :)


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