Yet another use for baking soda. I’ve found that mixing equal parts of baking soda and dish detergent (whether its Homemade Laundry Detergent or store bought) to the dishwasher dispenser has produced spotlessly clean dishes. No more water spots on the glasses or the silverware.
The silverware is so shiny that depending on how it catches the light; sometimes I’ve got to wear sunglasses when emptying the dishwasher. Er…well, that’s a slight exaggeration but you get my drift.
I pre-mix equal parts of baking soda and dish washing detergent in a plastic container (a recycled container of course), so when I need to use it it’s ready to go. I place 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the dish detergent compartment and 1 tablespoon in the pre-wash compartment and wash the dishes as usual.
I’m no scientist, but from what I understand the baking soda raises the pH level of the water, which helps the soap to do its job better. Honestly, I don’t care what the reason, I’m just happy to report that I’ve got very clean spotless dishes.
6/3/08 UPDATE: Play around with the amount of baking soda. I found that my ratio of 1 to 1 didn’t allow all of the baking soda to fully dissolve, and it left a few white spots (GASP!). I adjusted the ratio and reduced the amount of baking soda and now my dishes are spotless again.