Dishwasher Detergent Alternatives When You Are In A Pinch

March 31, 2020

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The new normal, at least for now, is items we use on a regular basis are in short supply. Toilet paper, bleach and baby wipes are hot commodities.  But that doesn't help the fact that your dishwasher is full and you are not only out of cleaning detergent, but the store is also out of it is closed.  Not to worry with these dishwashing detergent substitutes. Mix ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of borax in an airtight container. When you need to start the dishwasher, pour one to two tablespoons of the baking soda/borax mixture into your dishwasher’s soap container and run the cycle as normal.  Another substitute requires a few more steps. However it is gentler but equally effective as the baking soda/borax mix. Add one to two tablespoons of baking soda or an oxygen boost product, up to one teaspoon of standard dish soap, plus a teaspoon of salt (if you have hard water) to your dishwasher’s soap container. You can also add a full cup of vinegar to the top rack of the machine to help cut grease. Alternatively, handwashing dishes is always an easy option, but  keep in mind that public health experts say dishes need contact with water that is 170°F or hotter for at least 30 seconds. That’s hotter than your skin can handle, so you’ll need to heat water on the stove and measure the temperature with a meat thermometer and use thongs to submerge it in the hot water. Or soak oak dishes in a mixture of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach and one gallon of cool water, for at least one minute for the same disinfecting qualities as hot water.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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