Frugal Tip: Dishwasher Cleaner on the Cheap!

I have a tip for those of you with a dishwasher.

Once a month, as you know, it is important to use a cleaner in your dishwasher. I have tried several varieties. They all work fairly well.

However, I found a great alternative at a fraction of the cost. Instead of spending $4 or $5 on a bottle of dishwasher cleaner. I spend 30 cents on 2 packs of Lemon Koolaid. Simply open the packets, sprinkle into the dishwasher and run the dishwasher (empty) on a normal cycle.

It deodorizes and sanitizes and is much cheaper.


  1. are you kidding me??? how cool is that?! i wonder how it would work in the washing machine? or a coffee maker! oh the thinking cap is working over time now! thanks for the tip!

  2. vingear also works well. My dishwasher wasnt disolving the dishwasher packets anymore. I poured a hald of gallon into my dishwasher and ran it now it works perfectly.

  3. Koolaide isn't that sticky? I will have to try this!! Thanks for the tip!! Rita Spratlen


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