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This DIY dishwasher rinse aid is toxin-free, all-natural and made with only 2 ingredients. The best part is it is one of those recipes that is just so ridiculously quick and easy to make it probably shouldn’t even be called a recipe!! But we did.

Why Use Rinse Aid

Rinse aid is really helpful when you use natural and DIY dishwasher detergents and can be key in getting clean shiny dishes and not cloudy ones. Rinse aids help the suspended particles like bits of food and hard water remain suspended in the water and prevents it from settling on the dishes.


Can I just Use Vinegar as a DIY Dishwasher Rinse Aid?

You sure can!! Many people are happy using vinegar as a natural dishwasher rinse aid and that awesome. If you are one of those then carry one. However, there are many people who are concerned vinegar will damage their dishwasher. And other people just aren’t satisfied with the job vinegar does as a natural rinse aid, I fall into this group.

I was getting very disillusioned with Natural DIY dishwasher tablets as the clean dishes were cloudy and sometimes gritty and a bit slimy with a white residue on them. That was until I tried this DIY Rinse Aid using citric acid!!! It was a game-changer for me. I am now more often than not happy with my clean dishes.


Tips for Getting Clear, Sparkling Dishes When Using Natural Dishwashing Detergents

  • DO NOT overload the dishwasher
  • Rinse heavy food residues from dishes
  • DO NOT use too much dishwasher detergent.

The last point is the big one I find and can really cause the dishes to come out with a white film on them. I now make my DIY dishwasher tablets smaller (if I bother to even make tablets and not just use the powder). That way I can easily adjust the amount of detergent used depending on the number and dirtiness of the dishes in the dishwasher.


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DIY Rinse Aid

Yield: 100ml
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A natural toxin-free dishwasher rinse aid that only takes minutes to make


  • 100ml boiling water
  • 2 tbsp citric acid


  1. Combine the water and citric acid and stir until combined
  2. Allow to cool before pouring into the dishwasher rinse aid compartment


  • It is best to make this rinse aid fresh each time you need to top up your rinse aid compartment rather than store it.
  • You can add a few drops of essential oil if you like but I don't bother. It works totally great without it. Plus oil and water don't mix that well so the oil will just float on top and not get evenly distributed with the rinse aid.

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