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Recently my mom told me about an idea for dishwashing powder that I couldn’t help but try out. My mom grew up during and after World War II. Her life was a struggle back then to say the least. As a small child she remembers running under exploding bombs dropped by Nazi planes. During the post war years she went through hunger and deprivation. As you can imagine, she did not have access to dishwashing detergents or often to any soap for that matter. Back then people were using mustard seed powder as a dishwashing powder.
She recently learned that liquid dishwashing detergents are full of toxic chemicals. Do you know that your everyday dishwashing soap may contain carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane – one of the major pollutants? Additionally, your dishwashing liquid may contain harsh preservatives (some of which are carcinogens), perfumes (that may contain carcinogenic phthalates), sulfates (that may irritate the skin), dyes (that may be carcinogenic too), questionable emulsifiers and stabilizers. And even if you personally have a strong immunity to toxins, they all go down the drain and contaminate the aquatic life and our drinking water.
Based on this, my mom decided to go back to the dishwashing powder she used before the proliferation of dishwashing detergents. The powder is made of ground mustard seeds. My mom is very happy about her decision. I do not know exactly how, but this mustard powder makes dishes squeaky clean. In the 2-minute video you owe it to yourself to see, I demonstrate how this dishwashing powder cleans a very greasy dish in a few seconds.
The most cost effective way to buy mustard seeds is on Amazon. I grind the seeds in a coffee grinder. Try it. It is fun!
And by the way, you can also make delicious mustard, by following these instructions. First, grind the seeds, about 2 T worth. Add some boiling water and make a paste the consistency of mustard. Add a pinch of salt, and a pinch of sugar. Place in a small jar and let sit overnight covered with a towel. (It will be very bitter at first, and delicious the next day.)
For more options for safe dishwashing solutions, read my post here.
And now, enjoy the video about the dishwashing powder! I thank my husband for putting this great video together.
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