Homemade Rinse Agent Recipes

October 7, 2008

Dishwasher full of dishes.Some of you have posted that you use vinegar in the dishwasher as a rinse agent (rather than products like Jet Dry). I'd like to do that too, but I need more information. With Jet Dry, you just put the product in the dishwasher once a month or something like that. Is that what you do with the vinegar - just put some in the dishwasher's little dispensing well once a month? Or do you do it more often? Thanks.


Tina from Ashland, OR


October 7, 20080 found this helpful

I'll have to be a dissenting vote here--I tried it a couple of years ago and it didn't do a thing for me. I had just as many spots as I did with nothing in the rinse dispenser. I hope it works for you, but don't be surprised if it doesn't.


Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 337 Feedbacks
October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Whether or not vinegar works for you depends on the type of water that you have. When it worked for me, I opened the door on the rinse cycle and tossed in about a cup of vinegar. Worked like a charm. Since I used a lot of vinegar, I didn't use the little dispenser. Now that I have a water softener, I don't need to use either a rinse agent or vinegar.

By MaryBelle (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

As the jet dry well needs it.


Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 407 Feedbacks
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I use vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser. I just fill it up when it indicates it's empty.

March 21, 20100 found this helpful

I've been filling the JetDri rinse reservoir with vinegar lately, and the glasses and plates are defintely clearer.

September 5, 20130 found this helpful

I use vinegar in the dishwasher not for spot removal but to keep the lines clear because we have a lot of calcium in our water. I also use it in the coffee maker, then run a pot of water through after, and I use it in my wash machine to keep those lines clean too.


I have to use about a 1/2 c because of the condition of our water.

February 17, 20140 found this helpful

I use vinegar as a rinse aid. I use about a 1/4 cup I throw in when the dishes start to wash, I don't put it in the well and it works good for me.

June 21, 20140 found this helpful

I set a small bowl that holds about 1/2 cup of vinegar on the top rack just before I turn the machine on. It has made a huge difference. I don't want to use JetDry any longer, was looking for something more natural.


This vinegar disperses as the water is tossed around in the machine.

I have read that you should not put vinegar in the dispenser because it might be too caustic for the parts.

February 3, 20160 found this helpful

I believe the word you meant to use was corrosive, not caustic. Caustic is actually the opposite of an acid...


Silver Post Medal for All Time! 267 Posts
April 2, 20180 found this helpful

It is true that caustic should officially only be used when describing bases, common usage considers caustic and corrosive as synonyms. I don't think the original meaning is unclear.

Answer this Question

4 More Questions

Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

July 12, 2006

I would like a recipe for dishwasher rinse agent.

Carol from Anderson, IN


July 12, 20060 found this helpful

White vinegar! Some folks put it in their rinse aid dispenser. I usually just interrupt the last rinse cycle (at the beginning of that last cycle) and dump in a few "glogs" :>) .....maybe 1/2 cup.


It makes your glassware sparkle!

By (Guest Post)
July 13, 20060 found this helpful

Yep, white vinegar in the rinse dispenser.

July 13, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you, I'll definetly give it a try.

By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
July 17, 20060 found this helpful

Try putting vinegar in the rinse agent recepticle.

Answer this Question


ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

October 7, 2008
Click to read more ideas from older posts on ThriftyFun.

July 30, 2008
Click to read more ideas from older posts on ThriftyFun.

August 22, 2007
Click to read more ideas from older posts on ThriftyFun.
Make Your Own CleaningFebruary 15, 2012
Valentine's Ideas!
St. Patrick's Ideas!
Birthday Ideas!
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2024-01-19 13:19:44 in 18 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2024 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.