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DIY Dishwasher Rinse Aid

If you are starting your low-tox journey, you may have first switched out more practical items like laundry soap or dishwasher detergent. If I was going to direct someone newly beginning to choose low-tox products, I'd recommend starting with household cleaner (vinegar and lemon, thieves or tea tree essential oil is a super simple combination) and work your way from there.

What I have learned from my switch to natural, plant-based dishwasher detergent is that my dishes sometimes were covered in a thin, white residue. Not only is such a residue annoying to clean, but it looked terrible. I was inspired by my friend Shelby to make a DIY Rinse Aid and it worked - no more yucky residue on my clean dishes!!

Here's what you need:

-Lemon Essential Oil

-Distilled White Vinegar

Step 1: Upcycle an old glass jar to store your DIY Rinse Aid (mine is an old salsa jar).

Step 2: Fill vinegar to the top of the storage container.

Step 3: Add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.

*If you are using a larger storage container, add more essential oil drops as needed.

Step 4: Add a label from Amazon.

Step 5: Pour the DIY Rinse Aid into dishwasher before washing.

*I estimate how much is needed each time I run the dishwasher. Try a small amount and add more if needed.

I'm super happy with how beautiful and clean my dishes were today! No one likes to hand wash dishes after they were already "cleaned" in the dishwasher. I hope this DIY saves you time and brings you joy!

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