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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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 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?

      • 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.

  4. 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)

  5. i made this recipe, added about 1/2 C Lemishine to the mix instead of the Kool-Aid. We tried it last night, splashing some vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and we love love love the results! dishes came out squeaky clean with no spotting!
    i am sharing this with all my friends and family and encouraging everyone to save money by making this!
    next trial is the laundry sauce..

    :party1:

  6. i made this recipe last week, adding about 1/2 C LemiShine to the powder mix. We tried it last night, throwing in some vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. We love love love the results!

    dishes came out sparkly and squeaky clean!
    now onto the laundry sauce!

    :party1: :party1: :party1: :party1: :party1:

  7. i have used lemishine in the dw before just the regular way and it took the paint and shine off of decorated cups and glasses. is this mixture a diluted version of using the product as it comes from the store? i had trouble with a haze on glasses.

    thanks

    lynnae in oklahoma

  8. help, i love this recipe and it is a money saver but my dishes are cloudy, i have put vinegar in the compartment, the bottom of the dishwasher, used lemon shine, even done all three at once still white haze over my black cups, what am i missing? by the way, the laundry sauce is all i use now

    • Help, I love this recipe and it is a money saver but my dishes are cloudy, I have put vinegar in the compartment, the bottom of the dishwasher, used lemon shine, even done all three at once still white haze over my black cups, what am I missing? By the way, the laundry sauce is all I use now

      same exact here, dishes super duper coated with thick white residue that does not come off of glass! permanently etched into both glass and plastic! looks like we may have missed the part that says she uses a rinse aid further down in the article..

      i am off to the market to find an organic rinse aid to add to the dishwasher, i will post back if it works. and yes i use the laundry detergent recipe as well, will never buy commercial laundry detergent ever again! yay!

      did my own variation of it.. one with fels naptha (greasy work clothes) and one with kirk’s cattle bar for daily non stained clothes… thank you thank you!!!

  9. washing soda actually works better then baking soda. if you can’t find washing soda, get a cookie sheet and put a thin layer of baking soda on it. bake it in the oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 425 degree F.

    The heating and time causes a chemical reaction and turns it into washing soda. I do this instead of buying it now since I have found that buy a bulk of baking soda and changing is more savings for my family.

  10. i mixed this up earlier last week, the first few loads seemed to be fine with just 1T & vinegar in the rinse-agent spot, but then noticed some of the dishes weren’t getting clean: food still stuck to some of the silverware, bowls and pans occasionally had a few dirty spots ex: glass dish w/ a few dark spots from brownies or a bowl that’d had oatmeal in it. Not chunks of food, more of a .. crusty-ness(?) that could be scraped off with a fingernail.

    I thought maybe I wasn’t using enough powder, but still having the same issues PLUS anything that was clear is now hazy. 🙁 We do have hard-water and use a water softener. I’m going to cut back on the powder again to try to at least clear up the haze, but I’m still not sure why certain things just aren’t getting clean 😕

  11. my glasses were always hazy until i switched from liquid to generic powder. when i saw this recipe for powder i thought i’d try it as i had all the ingredients except lemishine from making mom’s laundry sauce. i have city water, which isn’t hard, but purchased the ls anyway as i didn’t want to take a chance on cloudy glasses.

    glasses were cloudy anyway 🙁 will try some of the suggestions next time.

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