By Liesl Clark
Want to save some money and do the right thing for the environment at the same time? Stop buying those dishwasher rinse agents that are supposed to keep your dishes shiny and residue-free. First, if you have residue on your dishes and glassware, cut the amount of detergent you use by half. Chances are you’re using too much. If your water is really hard, I sympathize, but ours is, too. A rinse agent (it goes in a little spot near where the detergent goes) is a must. So, what’s our secret agent that’ll save you a bundle?
That’s all you need. Replace your rinse agent with vinegar and you’ll get the same if not better results. We did. By cutting down on our detergent amount to half a teaspoon plus about a tablespoon of vinegar per load, our dishes and glassware are back to looking spiffy again. Some people even skip putting the vinegar in that special slot for the rinse aid and just put it in a small cup in the upper shelf so it can splash out over time. Either way, you’ll save a bundle, reduce your plastic footprint and keep chemicals out of your gray water.
We buy our white vinegar in bulk and then put the vinegar for our rinse aid in a plastic bottle that squirts.
It’s stored under the sink right next to the dishwasher. You’ll likely find a good bottle in your own trash to reuse as your vinegar rinse aid dispenser, or simply reuse your rinse aid bottle.
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Have you had dishwashing woes with hard water and streaky or etched dishes? What have you tried to dispel the problem?