I tried making my own green dishwashing detergent and the dishwasher actually seemed to worsen at washing dishes. Most of our dishes particularly glassware and silverware had some nasty hard water build up. And although they are still clean, this is not good for the dishwasher and they definitely don't look pretty to drink or eat off of.
... So I'm still perfecting a dishwashing detergent but in the meantime, I've used this little trick to lessen the dishwasher's load and help it clean.
That's right. Plain old white vinegar.
That clear liquid is a miracle worker.
It kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of germs (viruses). It is not harmful to you or to little ones and does not carry any harsh chemicals or preservatives.
It also rids the dishwasher of Hard Water build up!
All you need to do is run the dishwasher empty with a little cup of white vinegar below the bottom rack (make sure that the propeller won't topple it when running) and add 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choosing. I used grapefuit because it also cuts grease and smells DIVINE!
And that's it. I know it's a pity to have run the dishwasher empty but it will be thanking you down the road.