dishwasher detergent hack

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I don’t usually share tips and “hacks” here on ChinDeep, but this worked so splendidly that I just had to share it with you.

It was one of those days that I had done a ton of cooking and had dirty dishes on every available surface in our kitchen. The sink was full too. When I went to the cupboard where I keep my dishwasher detergent tabs, I realized the box was empty. I was out of dish detergent. What to do? I Googled it, of course. I found a bunch of sites with general descriptions on how you can use regular dish detergent and baking soda. I was a little scared. Have you ever tried using regular dish soap in your dishwasher? I have, and I ended up with a kitchen full of foamy suds. But, according to these posts, lots of people had tried this with excellent results. The difference here is using baking soda along with the soap. Don’t forget this vital ingredient. The baking soda is what keeps the suds at bay.

Here’s what I did, and it worked awesome! In the future I will do this whenever I run out of dishwasher detergent!

In the little well where you usually put your dishwasher detergent/tab, pour:

 2 Tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (such as Dawn)

Run dishwasher as you normally would.

Easy peasy!

You’re welcome 😉


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  9 comments for “dishwasher detergent hack

  1. momo
    June 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    did it leave any of that white residue on glass dishes? I’m excited to try this because those dishwasher tabs can get pricey

    • Melissa
      June 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Momo 🙂

      It worked like a charm.

  2. Lora
    September 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Did not work so well. I don’t know if it’s because I have a water softener or what. I am going to try with less next time. I’m trying.

  3. December 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    It worked great for me! Thank you Melissa!

    • Melissa
      December 18, 2016 at 9:52 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Glad it worked for you!

  4. Wendy
    February 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    If you’re still going to use your regular detergent, does that mean this doesn’t work as well?

    • Melissa
      February 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

      You don’t use this along with detergent. You use it in place of detergent when you run out.

  5. Gman
    March 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for this tip. We ran out of detergent, and it was to late to go get some. I’m hoping I did it right. lol…

  6. April 19, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I tried it, and damned if it didn’t work! Great, too!

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