This year my husband and I hosted our extended family for the holidays. We had a great time, ate a little too much, and definitely gained a few pounds. I spent a large amount of time in the kitchen and definitely loaded the dishwasher more times than I can count. Luckily, I had caught a sale ages ago on dishwashing detergent and was able to make it through December without buying any more detergent. I decided I would keep my eyes on the sales and restock as soon as Christmas was over.
Somewhere I had miscalculated the amount of detergent I had. I ran out as I was loading the dishwashing one night. I could only fill the reservior about 1/2 full of powdered detergent. Not sure if the dishes would still come clean, I decided to add another 1/2 of baking soda. I turned the machine on and let it work its magic.
The next day I noticed that my dishes appeared cleaner. I believe the baking soda actually enhanced the generic powdered detergent. I believe that this is really going to help me in the kitchen and also help me financially. Now my detergent will last twice as long. With this knowledge, I will not be scouring the ads for sales. I will buy my Dollar Tree detergent and add my baking soda for much cleaner dishes. To me, this is another way I will be able to save for those things that mean more to me than namebrand cleaning supplies.
Now I feel I must add a disclaimer. If you have a high-end model dishwasher, please follow manufacturer's instructions. I unfortunately do not. If my dishwashwer bit the dust tomorrow, my husband and I would probably do a happy dance to the home improvement store. We hate the rack area and the general set-up on the inside. It also has a broken handle. We keep it because ultimately a dishwasher is supposed to work and it does. ;-)