Vinegar as a Rinse Aid

We have pretty hard water at our house. In turn we have to use a rinse agent in the dishwasher. But, then again, who doesn’t? Otherwise you risk the possibility of getting goopey oatmeal stuck to everything in there and washing more dishes by hand than you’d like to.

And personally, I always bought the more expensive kind of commercial rinse agent offered (since I used to be a plastic junkie and all, and I wanted those containers dry). Now, I use vinegar and I love it. I’ve been using it for a few years now and rarely have to rewash anything when the load is done…..except for when we forget to keep the softener full of salt.

Here’s how to replace vinegar with your old rinse agent:

  1. Use up all of the commercial rinse agent in your dishwasher first. Unless you can figure out how to get it out!
  2. Unscrew the cap inside your washer and fill with vinegar all the way up to the full line.
  3. Screw cap back in.
  4. Close washer and run! Then just keep refilling with vinegar.

Using regular white vinegar is most importantly for a lot of us – cheaper. For just a few dollars a year, instead of a few dollars per month, you’ll be able to give your dishes a bit of an extra rinse in the dishwasher.

Plus, you’re not using any harsh chemicals that get stuck to your dishes and then get transferred to your food. Because, while a rinse aid is supposed to rinse away, it’s really to hard to tell if some of it may be left behind.


Do you use vinegar in the dishwasher? How does it work for you?

About donielle

Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.