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Saving Money On Dishwashing

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You can save money on dishwashing, by employing a few tried and true techniques. This is a guide about saving money on dishwashing.
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October 19, 2011

I don't have a dishwasher. And standing on bad knees and hips isn't my idea of the best way to end a day, either. So, in the kitchen, I try and work smarter not harder. While my tea or coffee is nuking, I draw a container of hot soapy water and during the day, soak my eating and cooking utensils in it.
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Of course the water doesn't stay hot. But by the end of the day, I simply have to rinse what is inside. It saves a lot of time standing in front of the sink.

I hope this helps.

By Sandi from Salem, OR

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October 11, 2011

When I have a saucepan that needs soaking, after scooping out the contents I fill with water, heat til hot, take off heat, squirt in a little dish detergent, and set in sink. Using a long handled dish brush, I wash each dish, rinse, and drain.

Also, when the dish detergent is almost gone, I fill it with water and use it for washing hands at the sink. It doesn't have that strong perfumey smell that some soaps have, and you use up every last little bit of detergent!

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By virginnyb65 from Charles City, IA

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April 22, 20050 found this helpful

When visiting my elderly father recently, I noticed that his dishes, glasses and everything in his kitchen were covered with a grimy film. He explained that to save money he was cutting his dishwashing liquid with water (1/4 soap and 3/4 wanter) and using much less than the recommended amount dishwasher detergent. I say this waste of money, because there is no savings if you become ill from the germs accumulating in a dirty kitchen! You don't have to use a huge amount of soap, but please use full it strength to kill germs!

Also he uses a wooden cutting board for everything and rather than cleaning it with soap, he uses only water and then oils it. This is an old-fashioned and dangerous practice. Germs get in to the wood. Oil becomes rancid when out in the air. Best to use a non-porous plastic or glass cutting surface and clean it with soap and vinegar after each use. Food poisoning is more than unpleasant -- it can often be life threatening! Why take risks?

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By Mary

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October 27, 2009

We all have those nylon bags that potatoes and onions come in. One day after returning from the grocery it occurred to me to cut them in squares and use them to scrub with.

They can also be thrown in the microwave to quickly sanitize, and you can use them over and over again. I often use one in the bathroom to scour the sink, etc. They really do come in handy.

Just a thought!

By Nunley from Huntington, WV

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February 18, 2009

Use baking soda/vinegar to clean dishes. I have seen tips on using baking soda as a substitute for dish washing liquid or powder but they usually involved adding some other cleaning element as well, and I have seen the use of vinegar for many cleaning uses but I have not yet seen these two in combination.

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I had dish powder left over still to use, but I had become frustrated with finding my dishes not clean and the rather expensive dish powder clumped in the receptacle. So, I thought I would give this a try. I loaded the dishwasher with my dishes, and used generic dollar store brand baking soda in the receptacle in the same amount as I would have dish powder and in the rinse receptacle I used plain white distilled vinegar.

My dishes came out sparkling clean, no spots, and no clumps of undissolved cleaner, or residue. No weird chemical smell on my dishes either. I will never go back to the chemical way again. The baking soda and vinegar combo works great. It is much better for my family and the environment as well and the fact that it costs a lot less is just the icing on the cake!
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By Cheryl from Smithsburg, MD

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April 6, 20051 found this helpful

I love clean dishes! I use a little bleach in my dish water. Not only does it help sanitize them, the dishes actually dry faster!

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November 12, 2012

If you are doing a lot of baking (especially around the holidays) and are making several batches of muffins or mini loaves, you will find yourself having to wash and very completely dry pans in between batches.

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