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Dishwasher Drying Agent - natural

Hi everyone,

Looking for a more safe/natural dishwasher drying agent please

I've read that people have used vinegar & this damages the machine...are there any other alternatives to help your dishwashing machine dry the dishes? I hesitate to use the Finish Jet Dry

Thanks!
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effervescent7000 wrote: Hi everyone,

Looking for a more safe/natural dishwasher drying agent please

I've read that people have used vinegar & this damages the machine...are there any other alternatives to help your dishwashing machine dry the dishes? I hesitate to use the Finish Jet Dry

Thanks!
Our old dishwater (Kitchenaid) my wife always used vinegar without any issues, and only replaced it as it was 15 years old.
The new Bosch dishwasher, we have just stuck with using Jet Dry.

If your looking for true natural, good old hand washing and a drying rack can't be beat. :)
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effervescent7000 wrote: Hi everyone,

Looking for a more safe/natural dishwasher drying agent please

I've read that people have used vinegar & this damages the machine...are there any other alternatives to help your dishwashing machine dry the dishes? I hesitate to use the Finish Jet Dry

Thanks!
Where did you hear that vinegar damages washers? I and my parents have always used vinegar. If you look at the ingredients of those special drying agents, it's uses citric acid, which is even stronger than vinegar.

Citric acid is triprotic. This means it produces 3 H+ ions in solution, whereas acetic acid is monoprotic and produces only one.
Both citric and acetic acids are weak acids because they do not ionise completely in solution, while strong acids do. Of course, a weak acid that is monoprotic would still be weaker than a weak acid that is triprotic.
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Been using vinegar in my Bosch dishwasher for around 10 years. I don't see how that could cause a problem.
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engineered wrote: Where did you hear that vinegar damages washers? I and my parents have always used vinegar. If you look at the ingredients of those special drying agents, it's uses citric acid, which is even stronger than vinegar.

Citric acid is triprotic. This means it produces 3 H+ ions in solution, whereas acetic acid is monoprotic and produces only one.
Both citric and acetic acids are weak acids because they do not ionise completely in solution, while strong acids do. Of course, a weak acid that is monoprotic would still be weaker than a weak acid that is triprotic.
Once finish current bottle of Jet dry will use vinegar.

Regular white vinegar?

Just add to same dispenser that add Jet dry to?
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effervescent7000 wrote: Hi everyone,

Looking for a more safe/natural dishwasher drying agent please

Open dw door for an hour after cycle.
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georvu wrote: Once finish current bottle of Jet dry will use vinegar.

Regular white vinegar?

Just add to same dispenser that add Jet dry to?
Yes, regular white vinegar. Just pour into rinse aide compartment. If your washer ever gets smelly, just pour some extra in there at the start.
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engineered wrote: Yes, regular white vinegar. Just pour into rinse aide compartment. If your washer ever gets smelly, just pour some extra in there at the start.
Will have to try that, as the wife would just dump some inside and run a rinse cycle.
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Another use for vinegar is as a fabric softener substitute, and no I'm not joking.

We tried it years ago when one of our kids was on chemo treatments and have stuck to using it ever since. There is no smell left behind, no static in the dryer, and no unwanted fragrances.
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Jojo_Madman wrote: Another use for vinegar is as a fabric softener substitute, and no I'm not joking.

We tried it years ago when one of our kids was on chemo treatments and have stuck to using it ever since. There is no smell left behind, no static in the dryer, and no unwanted fragrances.
Neat, didn't know that one.
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engineered wrote: Yes, regular white vinegar. Just pour into rinse aide compartment. If your washer ever gets smelly, just pour some extra in there at the start.
DW had been turned on for couple of minutes and heard thumping sound from bowl that had to be repositioned... so opened DW, repositioned bowl AND noticed rinse aid compartment was empty SO added some vinegar.

Think this will be first time since original DW run that looking forward to see DW finish its cycle!! :)
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Kiraly wrote: I've heard that vinegar can cause damage to the rubber hoses inside the machines, which is what has prevented me from using it. Not sure how true this is.
Would think that since it's pretty diluted no damage, hopefully!! The rinse aid like Jet Dry [similar chemical makeup] don't damage.
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Jojo_Madman wrote: Another use for vinegar is as a fabric softener substitute, and no I'm not joking.

We tried it years ago when one of our kids was on chemo treatments and have stuck to using it ever since. There is no smell left behind, no static in the dryer, and no unwanted fragrances.
Gonna try this as well. Thanks.

Hate using fabric softener as smell too strong.

Only dilemna now is that will have to buy the big vinegar from Costco so can use on fries as well!!
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georvu wrote: Gonna try this as well. Thanks.

Hate using fabric softener as smell too strong.

Only dilemna now is that will have to buy the big vinegar from Costco so can use on fries as well!!
Use only WHITE vinegar ... I usually fill the fabric softener dispenser with each wash load.
It also stops the waxy film build up on the washer as well.
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Hugh Jass wrote: Open dw door for an hour after cycle.
+1 I just open the door whenever it's at the dry cycle and leave it overnight to air dry. Seems to do the trick. Plus save energy instead of drying fully.
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Kiraly wrote: I've heard that vinegar can cause damage to the rubber hoses inside the machines, which is what has prevented me from using it. Not sure how true this is.
See my first post. dishwasher-drying-agent-natural-2276473 ... #p30766327
aquariaguy wrote: +1 I just open the door whenever it's at the dry cycle and leave it overnight to air dry. Seems to do the trick. Plus save energy instead of drying fully.
Personally I mostly use the vinegar rinse aide to get cleaner dishes with less spotting. I do open the DW during drying if I'm around.
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My mother in law switched a few years ago & now swears by vinegar as an alternative fabric softener. I haven't the heart to tell her, all of the towels & linen smell like low level cat piss. Its subtle and if you live around it, you probably don't notice it much.. but yeah to visitors it's going to be noticeable.
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Dumb question but do your dishes smell like vinegar after? Or even clothes for those using it in their washing machine?
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engman13 wrote: Dumb question but do your dishes smell like vinegar after? Or even clothes for those using it in their washing machine?
I use vinegar in the dishwasher and as a softener and no, the dishes and clothes do not smell like vinegar after.

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