Dishwasher Detergent Emergency Substitute

March 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm 1 comment

The Eating In kitchen has been closed for the past few weeks due to illness.  I came down with viral meningitis, and one of my symptoms has been an absolute lack of appetite.  However, I’ve been a good little girl about hydration; the drinking glasses sure piled up.  With no energy to go to the store, and no way was I going to hand wash every glass I own, running out of dish detergent was a major problem.

Enter: Random Opinions of Strangers on the Internet.  There were a variety of suggestions for detergent replacement floating around, most of which called for ingredients beloved by grandmothers.  (Borax, really?  They still make that?)  But some suggested less exotic substitutes.  I tried:

  • 1/2 detergent compartment baking soda
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap

And my dishes were clean!  Not mother-in-law coming for dinner clean, but certainly clean enough for me.


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  • 1. ethel howard  |  September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Careful not to use too much liquid dish soap or you will be rinsing the dishwasher and the floor for hours. My husband did not know this until it happened to him!

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