Friday, April 24, 2009

A Homemade Life

The past couple of weeks have been busy and I haven’t done a whole lot of “extra” homemade stuff. Mostly just the usual bread, cookie and granola baking. One different thing I did last week was tried my hand at making my own dishwasher detergent, following the proportions given here. I didn’t have any citric acid in the first batch I made, and wasn’t very impressed with the results. I later bought citric acid at the health food store and added it to my next batch. It came out better, but I’m still not terribly impressed with the stuff. I have found that it doesn’t leave as much white film on the dishes if I use only a little bit, rather than filling the whole compartment. I do like the frugal factor of it, but the next time I can get Electrasol for free (or really cheap) at Rite Aid, I’ll definitely be buying some. It’s nice to know that I have a homemade option using cheap ingredients that I already have on hand, though, if I need it. :) Well, the citric acid wasn’t exactly cheap, but thankfully I don’t have to use much of it. It was also handy to have this past week when I had forgotten to buy gluten for making bread; I added a pinch of citric acid to the dough, which I’m sure was helpful! I may also get adventurous sometime and attempt making my own mozzarella using it. We’ll see!

I hope next week will be more profitable in the homemade life department! How did you all do this week?


Erika said...

citric acid is also good to make really "zingy" lemonade--i don't have the recipe accessible, but there's always google or allrecipes!

and about the dishwasher detergent--i've heard that one of the disadvantages to a homemade blend is that there are no ingredients to keep the machine running well (supposedly part of the commercial products). so long-term use could cause other issues. but i figure i use the name-brand stuff when i can get it free/cheap, and the homemade (i just use 1 T. baking soda and about 1/2 t. dishsoap) to fill in any gaps!

and thanks! i had forgotten about citric acid!!

Carrie said...

Erika, thanks for the tip about citric acid for lemonade--I'll have to look for a recipe!! I LOVE lemonade. :)

I was wondering about the effects of the homemade dishwasher detergent on the machine--I have noticed that ours doesn't look as clean inside after using it, and the trays kind of squeak more when I pull them in and out . . . so hopefully when I switch back to regular store bought stuff, that'll help!

And I totally owe you an email . . . which I've been meaning to write for several weeks now! Sorry it's taken me so long! I hope you guys are doing well. :)