Hey everyone, today I have a guest post from Wendy! I hope you enjoy it. This is a trick I use myself all the time and love it!
I love a clean house and pride myself on that. I'm pretty sure most people would call me a nerd, but I take it as a compliment. :) I changed my dish soap and dishwasher detergent to more natural products. I was pretty darn proud of myself! Then one day I went to fill my rinse aid compartment with Jet Dry and thought "WHAT the heck am I doing?!" I'm taking great pride in all of my efforts and I was about to fill my dishwasher with unwanted chemicals. Who would do such a thing? The answer...me.
After a quick Google search I discovered that white vinegar can be used as a rinse aid. I was a little skeptical at first because my husband hates the smell of vinegar, but I threw caution to the wind. You know what? My dishes looked awesome, no spots, and most importantly....no vinegar smell. Score!
After 3 years of doing this I am proud to say that I still use vinegar as my rinse aid. Jet Dry, who? Not only is the vinegar a more natural option, but it is a whole lot cheaper.
Let's do a little cost comparison*:
*Prices at my regional grocery store.
- 4.66oz bottle of Jet Dry $3.60 = $0.85/oz
- 128oz white vinegar $2.35 = $0.01/oz
The cost alone sounds like a win to me! Plus you can use the vinegar in so many other ways. The only downfall I have found (a very minor one) is that you will need to fill the compartment about twice as often. I'm assuming that is because Jet Dry is a gel and the vinegar is a liquid and more comes out in the cycle. I feel that is minor.
Next time you need to fill your rinse aid compartment I dare you to try vinegar. Not only is it safe and simple, but it is frugal.
Bio: My name is Wendy and I have been married to my husband Tim for just over 6 years. About 4 years ago I decided we needed to take the processed junk out of our lives. It has been a slow process, but I feel good about where we are today.
I'm the blogger of Blissful Firefly Lane and a Shaklee Independent Distributor. When I'm not busy with my business I love reading, cooking, cleaning, watching sports, and going on walks.