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:

Β 2 Tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (such as Dawn)

Run dishwasher as you normally would.

Easy peasy!

You’re welcome πŸ˜‰


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  19 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 πŸ™‚

      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! πŸ™‚ 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!

  7. Shirley Price
    May 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing, it works, now I know what is in my dishwasher soap! Thank you!

    • Melissa
      May 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

  8. Rhonda Moore
    October 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Works well for me too! Now when we run out of dishwasher gel, he asks hey, do that homemade stuff lol! He is impressed and so am I!

  9. Angela
    October 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I’m just curious if you put this in the compartment that closes or the one that’s open? I am trying this now and put it in the one I would close up with my pods.

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      the one that closes πŸ™‚

      • Megan
        November 12, 2018 at 9:01 am

        Thanks for the tip, I’m fixing to try it out

  10. Victoria
    December 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    There’s probably a reason why, but do you know why one would use dishwasher solution or tabs? I tried this and it worked great. Perhaps it would not be good as a long term solution.

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

      I think you’re right. Not ideal for long term use… But once in awhile, it’s a life saver! πŸ™‚

  11. Lydia
    April 3, 2018 at 7:45 am

    why would it not be good long term sounds great to me.

  12. Kim
    May 2, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I used it and it was great!!

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