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Hello! In my last Thursday Thrifty Tip we discussed how to save money by finding the cheapest time to run your dishwasher. For this Thursday Thrifty Tip I want to stay on the automatic dishwasher topic and talk about money we can save by what we put in our dishwashers.
If you are like me, you like your dishes to come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean. Where I live we have hard water and without using a rinse aid in my dishwasher my dishes come out with a cloudy, not so pleasant looking film on them. This cloudy film makes dishes look like unclean. What a shame to run them through the dishwasher and have them come out with a white, cloudy film on them.
Even if you don't have hard water, your dishwasher may still leave a film on your dishes. The solution to keeping this cloudy white film from occurring is to use a rinse aid in your automatic dishwasher. I began using a commercial rinse aid products several years ago. My dishes came out sparkling clean, but at quite a cost. If you use rinse aid, you know how expensive it is.
If you like to make homemade cleaning products or other similar things you probably know there are many uses for distilled vinegar. But, did you know that it can be used as a dishwasher rinse aid?!?
I didn't know this until a lady at church told me last year. When I heard this I was so excited. I was tired of spending money on rinse aid, but I really wanted sparkling clean dishes. So when I ran out of "commercial" rinse aid I tried distilled vinegar. And you know what!? It worked great! My dishes came out sparkling clean...And there was no strong vinegar odor either.
Since I like to make lots of things from scratch at home I buy things like distilled white vinegar in bulk. Like huge, gallon size Costco bulk! Which makes it about the cheapest a private individual can get. When I compare the cost of using vinegar instead of the pricey rinse aid, I am saving a lot of money.
The large jar of vinegar I buy from Costco calculates to about $0.02 an ounce. Vinegar is very inexpensive. You don't need to buy Costco bulk to get the savings. Even the gallon jug of distilled vinegar at Walmart is just over $0.02 an ounce. When I do a search of rinse aids at my local Walmart the cost per ounce varies from $0.23 per ounce to a whopping $1.28 per ounce! Whoa! That's crazy expensive just to have sparkling dishes!
Plus, distilled white vinegar is a much safer option in my opinion. I did a little research on rinse aid ingredients and came up short in finding out what exactly is in rinse aid. All the "commercial" rinse aids I have bought are a vibrant color blue or green, so I am pretty sure there is some sort of dye in the liquid. I also assume there are quite a few chemicals in them too.
I think using distilled vinegar is such a great option for saving money, keeping your family safe, and enjoying your delicious meals on sparkling clean dishes!
Would you agree? I would love to hear from you! Let me know if you knew you vinegar can be used as a rinse aid, or if you even use rinse aid. Maybe some of you were forgoing sparkling dishes because of the rinse aid cost...I completely understand that; but now you have a very inexpensive and natural option!
If you want to know another way to save money when using your dishwasher, check out my
Here's to sparkling clean dishes for pennies! Hope you have a great day!
Hi! My name is Mandy.
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