I kept reading online that you can replace your store-bought dishwasher Rinse-Aid, such as Jet Dry, with vinegar. I didn’t believe it, so I didn’t try it… until recently. To my surprise it worked wonderfully!

Our hard water is horrible. A water softener is next on our list of home improvement projects. Until then, I’ve been using rinse-aids in our dishwasher, which help a lot with the water spots. As I shared previously, I clean our microwave with vinegar, so I figured I would try it with the dishwasher.

I simply filled the little rinse-aid dispenser with vinegar, and ran the dishwasher like normal. When the dishes were done they looked great with no hard water spots, and there wasn’t even any vinegary smell.

DIY rinse-aid

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