Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fake Jet-Dry, Less Than A Penny Per Wash!

This is a very simple trick, but I can't believe how effective it is!

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Simply add White Vinegar to your Rinse Agent repository in your dishwasher!  I didn't believe that it would work all that great until I tried it and discovered that the vinegar even did an amazing job of cleaning off all that gunky stuff & film from the bottom/sides of my dishwasher as well!  Just Fabulous!

I am starting to understand why many of you have often touted the great uses for plain old vinegar!


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Vinegar Rinse Agent: 32 oz Bottle, $2.39 (or cheaper), 304 Washes

Total Fake-It Cost:  $2.87/year (365 washes),  $0.008 per wash (less than a penny!)

Compare to 8.45 oz Jet-Dry Rinse Agent:  $4.99/80 Washes, 365 washes = $22.76 per year, $0.06 per wash

Total Fake-It Savings:  $19.89/year


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27 comments:

  1. I am also loving vinegar! I use it to clean mirrors and windows, unclog drains, and clean countertops! Thanks for adding another do to my list! Visiting from Tip Junkie!

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  2. I have been using vinegar instead of jet dry for years and it works great!

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    1. Jet dry is nothing more than Dawn dish-washing detergent and can be used too.

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  3. Hmmm, I am going to try this. Any possible dangers?

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    1. vinegar is edible, should not be harmful at all

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    2. I tried this tip, and it works. But I read later that you should not use vinegar in the dishwasher regularly because it can dry out those plastic components inside your dishwasher over time.

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    3. I tried this tip, and it works. But I read later that you should not use vinegar in the dishwasher regularly because it can dry out those plastic components inside your dishwasher over time.

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  4. I love it! Your tips are so helpful! I've been handwashing my dishes for over 6 months now as those lovely phosphates have been removed from my dishwasher detergent and my dishes just aren't coming clean. I found out from another blog that I can make my own dishwasher detergent with simple items. I will definitely give the vinegar a try as a rinse agent!

    Thanks so much!

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    1. I made a variation of the dishwashing detergent found on DIYNatural today and I am STOKED! See recipe here

      http://poppyjuice-poppy.blogspot.com/2012/02/truly-amazing-homemade-dishwasher.html

      I also used vinegar as per your suggestion as a rinse agent. I don't know which part of this formulation did the trick but our dishes are CLEAN and I am released from my prison of hand washing my dishes!

      Thanks so much for your great ideas! Keep 'em coming!

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  5. Can't wait to start using it!

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  6. I have made my own detergent with washing soda, baking soda, salt, and use vinegar as the rinse agent. My dishes are much cleaner than when i use the store made stuff. P.s. I have found i don't need to use them lemonaid in the mix works just fine without.

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  8. I am really excited to try this. I love ideas like this.

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  9. If you still have some of the rinse agent in your dishwasher, can you add the vinegar or do you have to wait for the rinse agent to empty out?

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  10. Doesn't your dishes smell like vinegar though? Anyone know of a dishwasher soap I can make? Thanks

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    1. Awesome! I will be trying this. I need to get more vinegar anyways for my all-purpose cleaner. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. when you use vinegar for anything the smell goes away very quickly... I even use it instead of fabric softener and our clothes never smell like it.

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  11. Should I change the setting when switching to vinegar as a dishwasher rinse aid? When I bought my condo, the rinse aid setting in my dishwasher was set to 3 (option of 1-5) and I've left it there since.

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  12. DIY: Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner

    Here is what you will do!

    ■Begin by making sure your dishwasher is empty.
    ■Pour one packet of Lemon Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup.
    ■ Run the empty dishwasher.
    ■That is it! The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains–you don’t have to!

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    1. Be sure to use the packets that need sugar added to it and NOT the premix

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  13. Hate to sound stupid girls but what is the rinse cup you put the vinegar in the one that closes after you put the stuff in or the one that has no top. Or maybe its just that I have a old dishwasher haha!!

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    1. There should be a compartment that has a screw top that you normally fill with rinse aid such as jet dry etc. I have had 2 dishwashers with them and one without. If yours is without you can through some vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher when you start your load and it works the same.
      some people use one cup a do about 1/4c just a splash unless the dishes are really dirty

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  14. Tried it but I think our water is too hard. Left the dishes cloudy unlike when I use Jet Dry.

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  15. White Vinegar also does a great job of cleaning the inside of the dish washer. Just pour one cup of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher, set the heat choice to the highest setting( for those dishwashers that give you a selection of settings)and run the dishwasher a full cycle. The Dishwasher will be sparkling clean!

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    1. I'm a retired appliance mechanic and always recommended putting a large upright bowl in lower rack and fill it full of vinegar so it will slowly disperse through all the cycles instead of it all going down the drain in the 1st prewash. By the time your in the final rinse cycle the bowl should be just water therefore no odor.

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  16. I know vinegar is an awesome home-cleaning agent, but I’m more concerned about the smell it might leave. Are you sure that won’t be the case? I might try this in cleaning rugs and carpet. I don’t want to risk vintage clothes in this matter. I hope this works! – Brad at Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners

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