How to Use Your Dishwasher to Save Money

Want to know how to get excited about doing dishes? Just wait until you've got a home hack to try out. We're all ears when somebody tells us an easy and money-saving housekeeping tip. It gets us especially excited to tackle mundane chores, eager to see if this nearly too-good-to-be-true tip can really get our dishes cleaner for cheaper.

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We've got to admit that the dishwasher is our least favorite piece of tech in the house. It's a useful device, sure. But it's no fun to show off to friends. And it certainly isn't any fun to use.

But maybe, just maybe, you'll approach your dishwasher tonight with excitement, rather than sluggish feet, to try out one of these three efficient and money-saving tips we found in Reader's Digest's Discounts, Deals & Steals book:

  • Try switching out white vinegar for dishwashing rinse aid. An average day's dishes will get a good clean—and a great shine!—by replacing your rinse aid with white vinegar (which is usually way cheaper).
  • Let the disposal help out. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? Take 30 seconds to send cold water through your garbage disposal before you run the dishwasher. It'll flush out any garbage caught in the disposal, which can make it into your dishwasher's cycle—this is usually the culprit anytime you have to run the machine twice. Plus, you'll avoid (expensive) calls to a plumber about garbage blocking the dishwasher's drain line.


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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.