Dishwasher soap problems
Have you had problems with your dishwasher soap lately? Last month shortly after the crayon incident, my loads started coming out with white film and scum on some of the dishes, particularly the metal and plastic ones.
Then my mom told me that phosphates have been banned from dishwasher soap in several states, so I guessed that that might be the problem (either that or cheap dishwasher soap). I switched to a name-brand liquid detergent and it worked great, but I still had two big buckets of that cheap soap to use up.
I remembered reading about lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid powder as an ingredient in homemade dishwasher soaps, so I started adding it to my loads. It worked! 1/4 teaspoon is enough to do the trick, but 1/2 teaspoon worked even better. You've got to get the kind that comes in the little packets, unsweetened. Each packet has a bit more than a teaspoon in it.
I've ordered some citric acid to try instead so I don't have to deal with all those little packets. I'll let you know how it works.
Have you had dishwasher issues lately? Have you found a solution? If Kool-Aid works for anyone else, I'd love to hear about it.