Why You Should Put a Bowl of Vinegar in Your Dishwasher
White vinegar is a great product for homemade cleaning supplies. It’s cheap, tough on stains, and is not toxic for the environment, unlike most cleaning supplies. It is perfect for removing soap scum, disinfecting surfaces, and removing hard water marks. It can even be used as rinse aid in the dishwasher.
Nothing is more frustrating than opening your dishwasher to find that all of the clean dishes are stained with hard water marks. Cloudy dishes and stained glassware is embarrassing to serve to guests, not to mention just feels dirty to use even though they have already been washed.
Some people put vinegar in the rinse aid compartment, which can be harmful to the structure of the dishwasher. Instead, putting vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl on the top rack of the dishwasher is sure to keep your dishes sparkling without harming anything, and will be sure to reach every dish.
You can also use vinegar to clean the dishwasher itself. The process is simple and effective, and keeps you from scrubbing those pesky stains while fighting any lingering odors. Let the dishwasher run with only the vinegar on a hot water cycle. Say goodbye to grease and grime!