- 5% white vinegar
- 9% white vinegar
- Baking soda
What I do with them:
- 9% white vinegar goes into the tiny compartment that normally uses something like Jet-Dri to keep dishes spot-free. The vinegar works just as well, and costs a lot less. I check and top off this compartment about once a week.
- Baking soda is spooned into the lidded compartment where the powdered dishwasher detergent normally goes.
- 5% white vinegar is poured into the bottom of the dishwasher right before I close the door and start the cycle. You can measure it if you want, but I’m lazy, and just let the bottle “glug” 3-4 times before I stop pouring. I probably end up pouring about 1 cup, give or take. You can use more if you need to for greasy dishes.
Benefits I’ve noticed:
- No chemical fumes filling the house
- No lime deposit in dishwasher (and we have really hard water)
- No chemical residue/odor on dishes or dishwasher interior
- No spots on dishes or pots/pans
- Cuts greasy residue like crazy
- I can put things like sponges, dish scrubbers, hairbrushes, combs and toothbrushes in there to wash (top rack only!) without worrying about chemical residue/odor.
- Deodorizes everything I wash – even nasty sponges and greasy dish brushes/scrubbers
Things you should know about this method:
- It can blacken copper, but it doesn’t seem to cause any harm. It just looks ugly.
- You should still scrape and rinse your dishes before
putting them into the dishwasher, or food chunks will build up and clog the water outlets. This should be done no matter which detergent you use.