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What Does Rinse Aid Do And Why You Need It?

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How Does Rinse Aid Work?

If your dishes are coming out of the dishwasher spotty or cloudy a rinse agent can help.

While your dishwasher is largely responsible for cleaning the gunk off your dishes rinse aids serve another function.

What does rinse aid do? Does it rinse your dishes?


Actually, the main goal of a rinse aid is to help dry your dishes while also removing residue from residue from glasses, plates, bowls, and utensils.

You can sort of think of rinse aid as the Rain-X for dishwashers.

Rinse aid lowers the surface tension of water causing it to sheet off water leaving dishes much clearer.

It does not allow water droplets to build up, which later leaves water spots.

You get cabinet dry dishes right out of the dishwasher when you use a rinse aid.

Do You Really Need Rinse Aid in Your Dishwasher?

Although a rinse aid makes your dishes sparkling and nice they are not completely necessary as long as your dishes are clean.

Not to mention that the most popular brands of rinse aid can be a bit expensive.

And the rinse aid will be used up fairly quickly if you wash 2-3 loads of dishes each day.

We will share a few homemade rinse aid recipes with you later on that will cost you less than a few dollars to make.

  • Dishwasher Rinse Aid by Honest$8.75 for 8 ounces yields approximately 75 wash loads.
  • Jet Dry Finish Rinse Aid$10.48 for 16 ounces yields approximately 150 wash loads.
  • Seventh Generation Rinse Aid Free and Clear – $7.74 for 8 ounces fights spotting for approximately 75 loads.
  • Cascade Rinse Aid $11.36 for 16 ounces and yields approximately 155 wash loads.

Besides being expensive commercial rinse agents don’t fair too well as far as toxic chemicals are concerned according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Go here to see exactly what type of chemicals you are coating your “clean” dishes with if you are currently using one of the leading rinse aid brands.

Now we are not here to totally bash commercial rinse products that are on the market because all of them aren’t bad.

If you simply don’t want to make your own rinse agent there are some green alternatives available.

The dishwasher rinse aid made by Honest is our favorite.

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If you live in an area where hard water is an issue and you constantly see water spots all over your dishes adding a rinse aid to your dishwasher is a great thing to do.

We don’t know about you but we don’t like opening our dishwasher and seeing dingy dishes.

We prefer to see spotless, crystal clear dishes without any residue.

If you want your dishes to not only be clean but sparkle without any haze, streaking, spots or calcium deposits then use a rinse aid.

How to Make Your Own All Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid

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Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid

As you can see all of these recipes have one ingredient in common – vinegar.

The vinegar helps to eliminate the hard water spots on your dishes so they come out sparkling every time.

You have a couple of ways to get the vinegar into your dishwasher.

  • Option #1 – Add the vinegar during the rinse cycle by placing it in a small cup and then sitting it on your dishwasher’s top rack.
  • Option #2 – Add the vinegar in the rinse department of your dishwasher where you would normally place the commercial rinse aid.

These recipes really work and we’re sure you will be pleased with your spot free dishes once you try one of them at home.

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