Dishwasher detergent can be expensive and sometimes ineffective. Finding ways to save on dishwasher detergent should not impact how well the dishes are cleaned. This is a guide about saving money on dishwasher detergent.
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Make your dishwasher tabs go twice as far! Buy only the dishwasher detergent in tablet form so it can be broken in half. Use just one half for each load unless running a very soiled load. Dishes get just as clean and the box lasts twice as long! Also, there is a $2.25 coupon for these tabs on a regular basis that often coincides with a grocery store special.
Source: My frugal self - just tried it a few times and was convinced!
I had my dish washer repaired and I got a tip from repairman. If you are in an area like Memphis, which has soft water, you need use only a fraction of the amount of dish washer detergent recommended. Using more only clogs up the machine. In a hard water area, use amount recommended by manufacturer. Save some money and make your dishwasher last longer.
To keep your dishwasher in good working condition, stay away from gel type detergent. The repairman explained to me that it can cause the floater to get clogged and then the water to the washer cuts off. All he did was fiddle with the floater, (usually in a corner of the machine. In my washer, it was in the same corner as the detergent cups. Eventually, I could hear a little click when the floater was moved up and down. So, if your dishwasher fails to fill up, try this little maneuver - it could save you a repair bill. Bottom line - use powdered detergent!
Here's a great handy hint: When I am finished with my dishwashing detergent, I turn it upside down on one of the prongs in the dishwasher and there is plenty of detergent in the bottle to do one more load of dishes.
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Here are questions related to Saving Money on Dishwasher Detergent.
Coincidentally, I was just researching this on google yesterday. There are many recipes, most consisting of the same ingredients, with straight vinegar for the rinse reservoir. However, one recipe also listed citric acid, which is supposed to prevent the baking soda ingredient from caking and streaking. I am listing that recipe here: 1 cup borax 1 cup washing soda 1/2 cup citric acid* 1/2 cup kosher salt**
*This is the most expensive ingredient purchased in bulk, but comes out to $1.35 per batch. Apparently, brewery supply stores sell this. Look online.
**Some commentators questioned the kosher salt and tried this recipe without the salt.
Also: I re-read my DW instruction manual, and if I use the short cycle, I am only supposed to use the regular dispenser cup (not the prewash cup) and only fill it 1/2-way if my water is soft, full if my water is hard (our water is soft), so that is a savings. I also saw a GE Youtube video on loading a Dishwasher and actually learned a thing or two, surprisingly! For the most effective washes.
Since they have taken out the good stuff in dishwasher detergent, mine just does not work. I had been using Sam's Club brand, which was a good price. Does anyone use one that's cheap and actually works? I have been told the Finish Quantumatic works, but it's so expensive.