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Old 12-04-2006, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I've been using 2-3 T baking soda in my dishwasher, and most of my dishes are getting clean.

Except:
My mugs are not. They are getting stained brown from the coffee/tea. Any suggestions, short of running a load of mugs with ~cascade?

My silverware (stainless steel ware, actually) has a white film on them. My guess is that this is residual baking soda. However, I dropped the amount of baking soda to reduce the residue on my silverware, and then the rest of the dishes did not get as clean.

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Use the original amount of baking soda, pour white vinegar in your rinse-aid dispenser (where Jet Dry would go into).
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Um, I may have already done the vinegar thing. But maybe I'm not doing it right, seeing as that the whole natural-dishwasher-thing was working and seems to have stopped working.

Do you put vinegar in the jet dry thing every time?

I put vinegar in once, and thought it was like jetdry in that it would last a month or two. Hmmm. Maybe I need to add more.

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It seems to only last like 2-4 washloads, I'm guessing.
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Vinegar etched my once brand new dishwasher.

So I imagine if it etched that it would etch my dishes.
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Hmm, vinegar doesn't etch anything but soft stones, like marble or grout. Are you sure there wasn't any particles in it? Dishwashing detergents and Jet Dry all have acidic stuff like citric acid in them to help rinse clean.
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Well my brand new dishwasher didn't stain when dishes tomato products where washed in it. Then I tried using vinegar and now it stains each and everytime dishes with tomato products are washed in it.

So with that I believe it etched my dishwasher.
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Dishwasher is running now, with more vinegar, will keep you posted. Thank you for your replies.

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Sorry, dredging up another one!! So, i am confused now. I have been wanting to quit using dishwasher det. It scares me!!

As for etching, has anyone else found that to be true and what does that mean exactly? How does the bs and vinegar worked out?

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I have to admit, I'm back to detergent again. I just found that it was getting worse and worse - my tea cups were getting browner and browner, even with extra vinegar. And my stainless steel ware was getting weird.

So now I use two teaspoons of detergent in the dispenser, and one tablespoon of baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher.

Sigh!

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I was thinking to try BS and a splash of Bronners but was hoping you guys would have some better ideas in here.
Perhaps I'll get brave anyway and give it a shot.
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I have already limited the amount of detergent i use. It amazed me at how much cleaner they looked. I guess growing up ina society where more is better got me thinking I was doing it right.

We do have hard water which factors in as well. I may try alternating with bs just to see how things go. Have you thought about that? Maybe you could at least be down to part time use of deter. until we find a really good answer!!

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I've been battling the dishwasher thing for a while now. I still want to try Ecover tablets- Gina, aka Spastic, had said they have good reviews. Alas, for now we're using Cascade. :

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I found this detergent recipe here somewhere, i think it might have been at the very top post. Anways, it works FANTASTIC!!!! Dishes are clean and stain free when they come out. So here it is:

1/2 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/4 cup salt
2 packets koolaid lemonade ( buy the yellow, NOT the pink it will stain your dishes

I just pour all of this into a freezer bad and shake it all up to mix it, then put two spoonfuls in each detergent compartment. And I add vinegar with every load. Good luck!!!!!

Namaste,

Michelle

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That sounds cool and very do-able! I may try that one!

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Hi Shannon!

I don't remember talking about ecover tablets because I've never used them. I did dig up using lemon koolaid for the citric acid content.

Was that it?

I still use a squirt of Palmolive dishwashing detergent and baking soda with vinegar in the rinse aid. Don't feel too bad.
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