The Best Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid (No Vinegar)

Homemade dishwasher rinse aid with no vinegar

The cost of rinse aid can really add up – especially if you’re using your dishwasher daily. Commercial rinse aids also contain a number of synthetic chemicals that can cause allergies and irritations.

This homemade rinse aid, made without vinegar, is an excellent way of getting shiny, streak-free dishes without less chemicals (and a much lower price tag!).

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Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid Recipe (No Vinegar)

Things You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups (375mL) of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 5 tbsp (75 grams) of Citric Acid
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil)
  • 1L bottle with an easy-to-pour lid
homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid Recipe (No Vinegar)

Instructions:

  1. Pour the hydrogen peroxide, citric acid and lemon juice into a bottle. Measure 3 cups (375mL) of hydrogen peroxide, 5 tbsp (75 grams) of citric acid and 10 drops of lemon essential oil into a bottle. Make sure to use a pure essential oil, as lemon fragranced oil can contain harsh chemicals. 
  • If you prefer, you can use 2 tbsp (62L) of lemon juice instead of essential oil. 
  • Purchase hydrogen peroxide from a grocery store or pharmacy. 
  • You can find citric acid in the baking section of the grocery store. 
  1. Shake the ingredients in the bottle to combine. Screw on the lid tightly (important!) and then gently shake the bottle until the citric acid dissolves. 
  2. Fill the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher with your DIY solution. If your dishwasher doesn’t have a rinse aid compartment, pour 1/4 cup (31mL) into the body of the dishwasher. 
  3. Store your homemade rinse aid out of reach of children. Like most cleaning agents, hydrogen peroxide can be poisonous if swallowed. Make sure to store it out of reach of pets and children. 
  • This recipe makes enough rinse aid to last approximately 2-weeks of regular dishwashing. 
  • Your homemade rinse aid will last in your cupboard for up to 1-year. Simply shake the bottle before each use to ensure that the ingredients are combined. 

What Does Rinse Aid Do?

True to its name, rinse aid helps to rinse water and detergent off your glasses. It does this by decreasing the surface tension of water, which helps liquid to run off your dishes more easily. This helps to prevent watermarks and helps your dishes to dry quicker. 

Is Rinse Aid Really Necessary? What Happens if You Don’t Use Rinse Aid in Your Dishwasher?

Your dishwasher will still clean your dishes without rinse aid. However, you are more likely to get water spots on your glasses, as the water won’t rinse off as easily. Over time, this can cause your glasses to look cloudy. 

Not using rinse aid also increases the likelihood of glassware and china getting scratched or marked. 

So, whilst skipping rinse isn’t likely to impact the hygiene of your dishes, it does protect them against damage and helps them to look clean and shiny. 

Try our Citric Acid DIY Rinse Aid.

Can you use Lemon Juice as a Dishwasher Rinse Aid?

Can you use Lemon Juice as a Dishwasher Rinse Aid?

Yes, the acid content of lemon juice makes it an effective cleaner and rinse aid. It is particularly useful in breaking down watermarks and can help to make your glasses look clear and shiny. 

To make your own lemon juice rinse aid, simply pour 1 cup (125mL) of lemon juice into the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher.

Can you use Peroxide as Rinse Aid?

Peroxide doesn’t act as a true rinse aid because it doesn’t help the water and detergent to rinse off your dishes. As a result, it won’t give you the same benefits of a rinse aid with surfactant properties. However, when used in combination with other ingredients, it can be a useful addition to a DIY rinse aid.

Peroxide is also very effective for cleaning your dishwasher. Over time, food scraps can accumulate and bacteria. Peroxide helps to sterilise your dishwasher, which will result in cleaner dishes. Simply pour 1 cup (125mL) into the body of your dishwasher and set the machine to a hot cycle.

Can you use Peroxide as Rinse Aid?

Can You Use Dish Soap as Rinse Aid?

No – this has the potential to cause you major problems! Dish soap creates a lot of bubbles. These bubbles can overflow out of your dishwasher and create a big mess in your kitchen. It will also leave a film of detergent on your dishes. This can cause glasses to look cloudy and gives your dishes a greasy feeling. 

Can You Use Dish Soap as Rinse Aid?

Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol in the Dishwasher?

Yes, isopropyl (commonly called rubbing alcohol) is effective for getting rid of water spots and mineral deposits. It also helps to get rid of bacteria in your dishwasher. Many commercial rinse aids use it in their formulas for these reasons. 

Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol in the Dishwasher?

DIY Rubbing Alcohol Rinse Aid

Things You’ll Need:

  • 4 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 cup (125mL) white vinegar
  • 1 cup (125mL) isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

Directions:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a bottle with a lid. Measure 4 tbsp citric acid, 1 cup (125mL) white vinegar, 1 cup (125mL) isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) into your container. If you want to add a fragrance, add 20 drops of pure lemon essential oil. 
  • Make sure to label the container clearly to avoid anyone mistaking its contents. 
  1. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Screw on the lid (important!) and gently shake the bottle until citric acid has dissolved. Shake the bottle each time you use the rinse aid to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed. 
  2. Pour the rinse aid into the rinse aid compartment. Your DIY rinse aid is ready to use! If you don’t have a designated rinse aid compartment, pour ½ cup (63mL) into the body of the dishwasher. 
  • Store the rinse aid out of reach of children and pets.

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