You’ve been using dishwashers wrong – mum claims vinegar should be used

A mum has shared a quick tip to make your dishes even cleaner in dishwashers by using a common kitchen staple.

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, Australia, previously showed a simple three-step method to deep clean your dishwasher and fans said it worked wonders for them.

She has now told viewers that vinegar can be used a rinse aid in the appliance as an alternative to the commercial chemical product.

Carolina said in the TikTok clip: “Did you know that you can use vinegar as a rinse aid for your dishwasher?

“And your dishes will actually be cleaner.”

She pours about a quarter cup of white vinegar into the liquid dispenser inside the dishwasher and puts on a normal wash cycle.



Carolina said vinegar works the same as any rinse aid available in supermarkets

The hack is supposed to work the same magic as a rinse aid – reducing the surface tension of the water to prevent droplets forming so it doesn’t leave anything behind.

When she takes the dishes out, they are spotless and brilliantly shiny.

Some viewers were glad to learn the hack just as they had ran out of rinse aid.



She dropped the vinegar in the liquid dispenser and washed the dishes in a normal cycle
She dropped the vinegar in the liquid dispenser and washed the dishes in a normal cycle

One said: “I was today years old when I learned this. So much cheaper!”

“I did not know this and will try as I just ran out of the Jet Dry!” another wrote and a third added: “I’ve been doing this for years.”

But some said the acidic properties of vinegar could ruin the sealing in the dishwasher.

“Make sure to read your manual before doing this,” a viewer warned.



The dish will dry quickly and leave no trace of water droplets when it's done washing
The dish will dry quickly and leave no trace of water droplets when it’s done washing

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“Some dishwashers and washing machines say not to do this as the vinegar will eat away the rubber hosing.”

Another penned: “It leaves a frosty look to glassware, not recommended.

Alternatively if you don’t have any vinegar at home, another cleaning guru suggested to place half a used lemon in the dishwasher and wash it together with the dirty plates.

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