On my last Sam’s Club run, I decided to go ahead and try a different brand of dishwasher detergent because the off-brand was $5 cheaper. Here’s a tip: If you’re going to “try” a different brand, don’t do it in a club pack that is going to take you a year to go through. One week in, I realized that I should have bought my regular brand because the cheaper one just wasn’t getting the job done. Did I want to suffer for another 3 months (it was a pack of 105!) or cut my losses and toss the ineffective brand in the garbage? Being the cheapskate, I mean thrifty consumer, that I am, I chose option 3 – Find something else to use the pods for so I could justify buying the brand I should have gotten in the first place. BTW, this is what I should have bought:
Happily, I discovered SEVERAL uses for dishwasher tablets (or any dishwasher detergent) other than for washing dishes. So, if you happen to find yourself stuck with a bunch of dishwasher detergent that isn’t cutting it in the kitchen, or if you scored an amazing deal and stocked up with more than you can use in the foreseeable future, here are some ways to make good use of it.
It doesn’t matter if you use powdered detergent, liquid detergent, or the tablets. In the instructions below, I reference the tablets because that’s what I
was stuck with had on hand, but you can subsititute 1/4 cup detergent for the tablet in any of the solutions.
Remove Crayon, Pencil and Scuff Marks From Walls and Floors– Combine 1 dishwasher tablet with 1 gallon of hot water, use damp rag or sponge dipped in solution to genty wipe away.
Whiten Whites – Add 1 dishwasher tablet or 1/2 cup dishwasher detergent to washing machine.
Clean Jacuzzi Tub – Add 1 dishwasher tablet to a tub full of hot water and turn on the jets to clean the areas you can’t get to with your normal tub scrubbing.
Clean Toilets – Drop one tablet into the toilet bowl and allow to dissolve, then scrub clean.
Clean Garbage Bins – Add 1 tablet to the bottom of a garbage bin and fill with water. Let tablet dissolve and soak for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Wash Patio Furniture – Dissolve 1 tablet in a bucket of hot water and use solution to wipe away dirt, mildew, and pollen.
Remove Car Leak Stains from Driveway – make a thick paste of detergent and warm water and scrub into stain. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse wih garden hose.
Have you used dishwasher detergent in an unusual way? Please let me know in the comments. Even after finding all these new uses, I still have over 50 of them.