I get a little annoyed sometimes at the price of dishwasher soap. You can pay some serious money for it. Fancy little tabs with a power-boosting ball in the centre. Even the basic stuff (liquid or powder) can run up to 5 dollars or so and it gets used so quickly. Fill the entire dispenser, then the pre-wash, then sprinkle extra for an extra-heavy load. So I was SUPER excited when I found a cheaper option over at Bikinis and Briefcases that really seemed to work, according to the comments. Did you know you can use Dawn dish soap in your dishwasher?!! Seriously. You can.
I know, we’ve all been told that we can’t substitute plain old dish soap for dishwasher detergent. Maybe some of us have tried it in a pinch, and have ended up with bubbles everywhere. The key to this, though, is to only use a few drops. Literally just a few. Two drops is the suggested amount, and put it into the dispenser.
Then sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the floor of your dishwasher.
Run your dishwasher as usual, and prepare to be amazed.
Two drops, that’s all. Not “fill the entire dispenser.” Now I’m not the best at math, but I bought my Dawn dish soap at WalMart for $2.97 for just over 1 L. If I just used a few drops at a time, that small bottle would last me forever!
We do have hard water here, so I have been experimenting with more. Four drops seems to work well for us, so the amount may vary for you. I may also do once a week with regular dishwasher soap just to give the dishwasher a boost.
You may end up trying this and finding that it doesn’t work spectacularly for you on a regular basis. But it’s good to know in the event that you run out of dishwasher soap!
Note: This may affect your manufacturer’s warranty. If you have concerns about that, you may want to avoid this and use the recommended dishwasher soap.