Boost Your Dishwasher Power: Vinegar

Vinegar in the Dishwasher

Having trouble with your favorite dishwasher soap?  Many people are these days due to a (probably much needed) regulation of phosphates that dishwasher soap was contributing to.

As the industry adjusts to the new requirements, many dishwasher soaps are struggling to meet their previous level of success- so what to do until then?  Vinegar.

There are many uses for vinegar but one of them is to augment your dishwasher’s cleaning ability.  Vinegar is acidic, so it helps clean away food particles, but its acidity also makes it a natural hard water remover.  So you know those spots on your glassware?  Vinegar can help with that.

If your dishwasher has a location for “rinse aid” or multiple compartments for dishwasher soap, you can simply add some vinegar there for each load.

However, I use vinegar for enough projects around the house that I have filled a spray bottle with it (undiluted) and store it under the sink.  Before I run the dishwasher, I simply spray some onto the already loaded dishes, then run the dishwasher.

Vinegar will not replace the need for dishwasher soap, but it sure helps it perform better!

Other uses for vinegar: