Using Baking Soda As A Dishwasher Detergent

By Mrs. Mathis

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Have you ever seen a baking soda dish detergent?  Me neither, which is a shame because using baking soda as dishwasher soap is good for both you and the environment.  Also, unlike some alternative practices, it is not that hard to use baking soda as a dishwasher detergent.  Read on to learn how to best used baking soda in dishwashers.

Using Baking Soda In Dishwashers That Are Smelly And Nasty

In addition to using baking soda dish detergent, you can also use it to clean the dishwasher itself.  Start by making a paste of baking soda and water.  Use this to gently scrub off any stray marks or stains.

Then open up the empty dishwasher and sprinkle a cup of baking soda inside.  Before you close the door, dip a toothbrush in the baking soda paste and scrub the rubber seals around the door.  Rinse well and run the dishwasher to remove the rest of the stains and odor.

Using Baking Soda As Dishwasher Soap

As I said earlier, you can save both money and chemical exposure by using baking soda as a dishwasher detergent.  While this may not be for everyone, you can see if it will work for you by mixing equal parts baking soda and powdered dishwasher detergent.  Then use it as usual.

If you are satisfied with the results, try using a higher percentage of baking soda.  Keep increasing the amount until you are no longer satisfied, and then back off a little.  If you are not satisfied with your first try, try again with less baking soda and see if that works for you.

Overall, you may never decide that using baking soda as dishwasher soap, without any other additives, does not work for you.  But think how great it will be if it does.

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