DIY Dishwasher Detergent

 

One of my FAVORITE DIY projects is detergent for the dishwashing machine. 

We live in the country with very, very hard water. I have tried every brand of dishwashing detergent. Even the expensive and very toxic ones. Nothing worked.

I first tried this recipe to save money, but was HAPPILY SURPRISED to see it do the BEST job of anything else! Since I have particularly bad water I upped the amount of citric acid to a full cup, but if you have a water softener or city water you could consider dropping it down to as low as 1/4 cup if that works for you.

DIY DISHWASHER DETERGENT RECIPE

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda or baking soda
  • 1/c cup citric acid (lemi shine is basically citric acid and much cheaper than buying straight citric acid in the canning isle)
  • 30 drops citrus oils of your choice (my favorite is half lemon/half orange, but any will work)

Mix the ingredients very well. Use a glass bowl (since citric oils will eat away plastics). When you drop in the oils they will bind with the powders and form clumps. Mix thoroughly to insure it is all incorporated with no clumps. If needed, you can use a sifter to make this easier. I store in a regular glass mason jar and keep in the kitchen cupboard. I fill the detergent section in my washing machine (about 2 Tablespoons) per load.

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures of my drinking glasses, because it worked SO WELL!

Enjoy 🙂

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.comDIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.com

What to Pack for your Young Living Vendor Event

So you’re loving your oils and you want to share them with everyone! Love it, Share it!

A great way to share your love of Young Living is through a vendor event. With the fall season, there are many events coming up. People are excited to start shopping for Christmas and are especially excited about products that will support their health throughout the holidays.

Here is my list of everything you need to pack to have a successful vendor event without going crazy.

PREMIUM STARTER KIT

Absolutely bring your PSK with a diffuser. You want people to see exactly what they would get! 

POWER STRIP/EXTENSION CORD

If you’ll have access to electricity bring an extension cord and a power strip so you can plug in your diffuser and a laptop.

SIGNUP OPTIONS

It’s a good idea to have a laptop or other mobile device so people can signup right away online! If they walk away they usually will never do it on their own. Always bring the paper version for signing up too. These are great if the internet doesn’t work or they’re in a hurry and don’t want to sit at a computer for 15 minutes. Then you just take the paper home and enter all the info in online later that day. The paper signup document is in our facebook group files section.

DRAWING

People don’t want to stay at your booth long. The best thing to do is get their contact information so you can follow-up later. So have a drawing for something. Maybe a citrus oil, a DIY item you made, an enrollment voucher, etc. Then have them fill out slips of paper with their name and info (we have drawing entry form in the files section). “The fortune is in the follow up!” So head home and contact all those people offering to teach them a class, 1-on-1 meeting, etc.

BUSINESS CARDS

A lot of people will want to just grab your info to look up more later. It’s also a good idea to have a list of your upcoming classes that they could attend. If you don’t have business cards, you could either print some on templates that you can buy at an office store; or just have your contact info on some oily-info handouts. It is also a great idea to set-up early so you can go around and introduce yourself to the other vendors and give them a biz card since they won’t get to see your booth during the event!

OIL INFO CARDS

We have created a 4×6 info sheet for each oil in the PSK. Print these either on paper or photo paper (they print to fit on 4×6 photos). I like to line them across the table and set each oil bottle on top. Then guests can easily open the bottle for a sniff while reading about its benefits.

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Don’t be the expert. Bring along some great reference books, printed word documents, graphics from the YL Member Resources, etc. to easily answer questions for people. I have a few copies of my favorite graphics and the bullet point so if people signup they have information to take home right away. It is great for them to have something to reference when they get their kit, so they don’t forget everything they learned from you.

DECORATIVE & BONUS ELEMENTS

You don’t need to go crazy here, but a little color can help draw attention. I like to bring a chalkboard to write things on, a wooden crate to create some height, some color printed graphics (I always have the Head to Toe graphic from our files section to answer questions), and my cardboard towers that describe oils (sold by YL). I also bring other popular YL products like the Thieves cleaner, toothpaste, and Ningxia Red. I choose to also bring a roller bottle, V-6, capsules, a glass spray bottle, and glass drinking bottle so I can show them all the ways we use the oils!

BIG ITEMS?

These are dependent on where your event is. If it’s outdoors you may want to bring a pop up canopy to protect from the sun or rain. Also check with your event coordinator to know if they are providing tables and chairs or if you should bring your own.
Remember to oil-up before and throughout the event to support your mood, sociability, and so others can notice how great you smell 🙂 Good luck and have a great time.  Just be yourself and others will be drawn to authenticity and your passion for the oils and the wellness they can create.
vendor event packing list