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Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 15, 2008 02:43PM
How did Newt miss this? Anybody try?

From "My Way"

Discount Dishwashing Detergent
In your dishwasher, use baking soda in the first detergent dispenser and dish washing detergent in the other. You won't need more than a heaping tablespoon full. Your dishes, pots and pans will be spotless and there will be no need to use the liquid rinses.





Da Good Life



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true.
Posted by: Dick Moore
Date: February 15, 2008 02:48PM
Way too good. Don't try this at home!!!



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 15, 2008 03:00PM
Let's let Newt try it!
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Cary
Date: February 15, 2008 03:06PM
I think Mikey should try it...

Cary
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 15, 2008 03:50PM
there's probably something to it...

I like the cheapo baking soda and peroxide toothpastes better than most of the expensive stuff, it just feels "cleaner" to my teeth and mouth. I'm always amazed at Crest & Colgate, et al., with their "new" (and more expensive) toothpastes every other month; they never work better, and only occasionally work as good. I'll wait for Newt's dishwasher report back here, but the theory seems good.



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: February 15, 2008 04:03PM
I have routinely used white vinegar and baking soda when washing my snakes water dishes in the dishwasher. Helps cut down on the horrible hard water deposits we get here.

So, yeah, I would say, go for it. smiling smiley
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Kiva
Date: February 15, 2008 04:23PM
i assume the baking soda goes in the smaller, pre-wash bin thingy?

kiva



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: martin
Date: February 15, 2008 04:25PM
But, don't put liquid dish detergent in your dishwasher, unless is is specifically designed for dish washers. Regular liquid "Joy" soap will create an I-Love-Lucy like mountain of bubbles oozing out from your machine into the room. Ugly mess.
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: 3d
Date: February 15, 2008 04:30PM
Can someone just sprinkle baking soda all over the dirty dishes before closing the door?
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 15, 2008 04:33PM
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martin
But, don't put liquid dish detergent in your dishwasher, unless is is specifically designed for dish washers. Regular liquid "Joy" soap will create an I-Love-Lucy like mountain of bubbles oozing out from your machine into the room. Ugly mess.

same thing will happen if you use normal quantities of regular laundry detergent in a partial load in a front loader washing machine. Took about 4 washes with no soap to get rid of all the foam. (not my fault, had a house guest for 2 months)
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Cary
Date: February 15, 2008 04:38PM
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: billb
Date: February 15, 2008 04:49PM
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: February 15, 2008 05:09PM
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martin
But, don't put liquid dish detergent in your dishwasher, unless is is specifically designed for dish washers. Regular liquid "Joy" soap will create an I-Love-Lucy like mountain of bubbles oozing out from your machine into the room. Ugly mess.

hahaha! Reminds me of college. My boyfriend at the time decided to help out and do the dishes. I had plenty of detergent made for the dishwasher, but he decided to use a mixture of hand dish washing soap and dishwasher detergent.

I came home & you're right, it was a mountain of I Love Lucy bubbles all over the place. He was frantically trying to mop them up. All the while, he never bothered to turn off the dishwasher! So as he was mopping up, more were coming out.
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 15, 2008 05:13PM
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Stephanie
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martin
But, don't put liquid dish detergent in your dishwasher, unless is is specifically designed for dish washers. Regular liquid "Joy" soap will create an I-Love-Lucy like mountain of bubbles oozing out from your machine into the room. Ugly mess.

hahaha! Reminds me of college. My boyfriend at the time decided to help out and do the dishes. I had plenty of detergent made for the dishwasher, but he decided to use a mixture of hand dish washing soap and dishwasher detergent.

I came home & you're right, it was a mountain of I Love Lucy bubbles all over the place. He was frantically trying to mop them up. All the while, he never bothered to turn off the dishwasher! So as he was mopping up, more were coming out.

And the kitchen floor was never cleaner. smiling bouncing smiley



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Spock
Date: February 15, 2008 05:14PM
bilb, I thought "Moby Dick" was a social disease.



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Kiva
Date: February 15, 2008 06:10PM
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Racer X
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martin
But, don't put liquid dish detergent in your dishwasher, unless is is specifically designed for dish washers. Regular liquid "Joy" soap will create an I-Love-Lucy like mountain of bubbles oozing out from your machine into the room. Ugly mess.

same thing will happen if you use normal quantities of regular laundry detergent in a partial load in a front loader washing machine. Took about 4 washes with no soap to get rid of all the foam. (not my fault, had a house guest for 2 months)

doing an empty load w/ 1c of vinegar will also de-activate the soap...

kiva



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: February 15, 2008 06:13PM
"Baking Soda" aka Sodium bicarbonate, neutralizes acids and acts as a mild water softener, although not as well as Borax.

btw, do not use baking soda when cleaning aluminum, it will attack the protective oxide layer, exposing the bare aluminum which is very reactive.

Took about 4 washes with no soap to get rid of all the foam. (not my fault, had a house guest for 2 months).
kiva, one soap less wash with 4oz of liquid fabric softener would have fixed it!



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 15, 2008 06:28PM
I'm a bit confused -- Minty's tip is to use baking soda in the "open" cup and dish detergent in the "closed" one (the one with a door for you to close) ...? First off, the dish detergent, does he mean regular dish detergent, or hand dish detergent? (As others have noted, hand dish detergent will make a soapy mess...) If so, I'm not sure how this saves you on anything? You're just using less detergent, but some people don't fill both compartments to begin with...




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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 15, 2008 07:35PM
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PeterB
I'm a bit confused -- Minty's tip is to use baking soda in the "open" cup and dish detergent in the "closed" one (the one with a door for you to close) ...? First off, the dish detergent, does he mean regular dish detergent, or hand dish detergent? (As others have noted, hand dish detergent will make a soapy mess...) If so, I'm not sure how this saves you on anything? You're just using less detergent, but some people don't fill both compartments to begin with...

what if you don't use gel detergent, but those "pills" (which are supposed to be better anyway). Then you use only 1 instead of 2. That's 50% savings right there.
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: February 15, 2008 08:34PM
Everyone that I know that tried those "pills", us included, stopped using them. They didn't work as well. Plus, the ones with the capsule in them cause plumbing problems.
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 15, 2008 09:00PM
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PeterB
I'm a bit confused -- Minty's tip is to use baking soda in the "open" cup and dish detergent in the "closed" one (the one with a door for you to close) ...? First off, the dish detergent, does he mean regular dish detergent, or hand dish detergent? (As others have noted, hand dish detergent will make a soapy mess...) If so, I'm not sure how this saves you on anything? You're just using less detergent, but some people don't fill both compartments to begin with...

1st cup to me meant the closed one. Dishwasher detergent in 2nd which is smaller in size?

This is not my idea but quoted from the webpage "My Way." If this gets any uglier it is going to end up on the Darkside. I suspect slow TV night. Lighten up folks! TGIF?

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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 15, 2008 09:26PM
Minty, checking it a bit, it seems like they mean to use baking soda in the open cup, because the baking soda's supposed to soften the water and help the detergent do its work?




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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 15, 2008 11:12PM
Why would the "first cup" be the normally optional one? I think I may get some baking soda and experiment tomorrow. Somewhat hard water here. Garbage disposal getting funky and soda is good for that too. Then the leftover stuff into the frig to get out baloney and salami scent. Wish me luck.




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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 16, 2008 11:15AM
we use the little pills -- they work fine

but we use liquid dishwasher detergent on our glass shower doors...



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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 16, 2008 03:29PM
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spearmint
Why would the "first cup" be the normally optional one? I think I may get some baking soda and experiment tomorrow. Somewhat hard water here. Garbage disposal getting funky and soda is good for that too. Then the leftover stuff into the frig to get out baloney and salami scent. Wish me luck.

fill a garnage disposal with ice (great use for old funky ice in your cube trays) and dump about a cup of baking soda on top, and let it go. It will scare the crap out of you, but won't hurt it. It will scrape and scour it clean.
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Re: Dishwasher tip. Too good to be true?
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: February 16, 2008 04:53PM
...It will scrape and scour it clean.

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