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substitute dishwasher detergent???

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      I have a theory that I’m trying to find out if it will work.

      I think that baking soda plus perhaps a second ingredient will make a nice detergent for the dishwasher. (cascade is so $$$)

      Does anyone have any thoughts? I’m not sure if baking soda alone is enough to sanitize dishes (especially since the dog sometimes licks them)

      thanks in advance!


        I think that would be a good idea! Maybe powdered Borax would do the trick? I think that it would have to be something that doesnt suds & something that would rinse off the dishes, while at the same time something that would clean & be hygenic. It would also have to be something that was strong enough to put into the diswasher dispenser. I think that if it is gentle enough to use on baby diapers(here I am dating myself)…ha ha, then it would gentle enough for cleaning dishes & wouldnt be toxic? Hope this helps?


          I was wondering if this has been tried yet. If it has
          been, did it work? I’m moving soon to a house with a dishwasher. Up to now, I’ve been the dishwasher. So
          I’m looking forward to this, but still want to remain
          my frugal savvy self. Appreciate the input. – V


            The only concern I would have is the sanitary issue, but I wonder how much is covered in the stuff you buy.  Isn’t the hot water supposed to be the sanitizing component?  Best way to find out whether the baking soda or borax works is to give it a try.  Hoping somebody will do so and post the results.  I don’t know what they would do to glasses since there’s a factor in powders to keep them from becoming cloudy.


              When you said “Baking Soda” I immediately thought white vinegar.  I never tried it, but, my great grandmother used it for practically everything.


                I would also try the borax (you’ve got me thinking, next time I run mine I’ll try it out as well).  Let us know how it works out if you get to it first!  Thanks!


                  This was suggested by a friend of mine:

                  I got tired of feeling and tasting the residue from the dishwasher detergent on the dishes. I decided to put detergent in the prewash section only. I have been satisfied with the results.  The dishes are clean about 99.99% if the time with no pre-rinsing and I don’t feel a residue.  This is not as good as a natural dishwasher cleaner, but it did reduce the amount of residue. [and would reduce the cost]  Glenda

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