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    We tried this and our dishes come out chalky. Is there something we missed?

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    Default Re: Article: Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

    You may have used too much or you might have hard or soft water. Also, how did you add the vinegar during the rinse cycle? That can make a difference too. I've used this with "ok" results, but I also add 1/4 c. ascorbic acid (vitamin c powder) to my recipe.
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    I am thinking about doing this, but this is my first time. My question is can you put the vinegar in the rinse agent area (like the "Jet Dry" stuff) before you start the load?

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    I recommend you not use baking soda. Use washing soda instead (you'll find it in the detergents aisle).
    Use 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup kosher salt (this helps with hard water stains if you have normally chalky glasses), and 2 packs of Kool Aid lemonade (unsweetened little packs). Mix this together and store in an airtight container. Use 2 tbsp in dishwasher compartment. Put just 3 drops of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and 3/4 cup of vinegar (this gives it that awesome shine).
    This works very well and is still cheaper than store bought generics.

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    You can use the lemishine in the dishwasher aisle instead of kool aide. And I put the vinegar right in the rinse agent area and I have had no problem. I recommend both if you are having the cloudy issue. We have very hard water and the dishes don't come out perfect, but they are better. You can also toss some borax in the bottom of your dishwasher to help (directions on the back of the borax box)

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    Default Re: Article: Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

    Quote Originally Posted by flredheadmom View Post
    I recommend you not use baking soda. Use washing soda instead (you'll find it in the detergents aisle).
    Use 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup kosher salt (this helps with hard water stains if you have normally chalky glasses), and 2 packs of Kool Aid lemonade (unsweetened little packs). Mix this together and store in an airtight container. Use 2 tbsp in dishwasher compartment. Put just 3 drops of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and 3/4 cup of vinegar (this gives it that awesome shine).
    This works very well and is still cheaper than store bought generics.

    I tried the 3/4 cup of vinegar and 3 drops of hand dishwashing detergent in the rinse agent spot and it is to much. It overflows. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Default Re: Article: Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

    Quote Originally Posted by mtcmom View Post
    I tried the 3/4 cup of vinegar and 3 drops of hand dishwashing detergent in the rinse agent spot and it is to much. It overflows. Am I doing something wrong?

    It is not advisable to use Liquid dishwashing detergent in the dishwasher.
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