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For the secret to sparkling dishes, look to your kids' favorite drink mix. Kool-Aid miraculously banishes lime scale deposits from hard water in your dishwasher, says our thrifty reader.

koolaid dishwasherClean your dishes with lemonade Kool-Aid for maximum shine! Photo: justmakeit, Flickr

When my dishwasher starts to leave my dishes and silverware with spots or lime deposits caused by hard water, I forgo my ordinary dish detergent and use inexpensive Kool-Aid instead. Yes, Kool-Aid, as in your kids' favorite drink mix (but only use the lemon kind).

Give it a try. First, make sure your dishwasher is completely empty. Then open a single packet of Kool-Aid and pour the contents into the dishwasher's soap compartment. Feel free to use the less expensive store brand if you choose.

Run the empty dishwasher through one full cycle. The citric acid in lemon-flavored Kool-Aid will clean out the appliance thoroughly. In fact, you'll notice a huge improvement as soon as you open it up. The next time you do dishes, you'll also notice less spots and a lot more sparkle!

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  • micky eggs

    kool aid stains everything it comes in contact with especially those plastic coated interior walls. the best thing to clean your dishwasher has been recommended for more than 50 years. use orange juice either from leftovers in your breakfast glasses or a shot or 2 once a week. the ascorbic acid removes crud from inside the washarms which improves water force and circulation cleans the residue from walls -top and bottom of unit. smells like a warm spring dat in the pretty orange groves in florida. believe it, i never lie. been recommending it to my customers for 42 years

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