Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner

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Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner

** ONLY Lemonade Kool – Aid Works **

Wow!! I just tried this today at my parents home and it really works.

All you do is place the lemonade Kool – Aid into where you place the detergent and run without dishes.

It cleans lime deposits and iron stains!

I found out about this awesome tip HERE


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  • Lee

    I’m going to try this as a cleaning solution in the bathtub… our cats love to play in it (especially Jake, who uses it as his personal hide away) so I always hate using chemicals, but it tends to get that orange-y water residue that I can only get rid of with cleanser. This would not only not hurt them, but would smell delish while I clean 🙂

  • MortiMouse

    Lemon is a natural stripping/bleaching agent. If you have blond hair that turns a tint of green from chlorine in swimming pools, cut a lemon and rub some lemon juice into your hair. The lemon will take the green out.

    Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and rub it on the bottom of copper pans to clean them.

    Lemon juice and baking soda will take stains out of counter tops.

    No worries about eating lemons, though, they provide many health benefits such as fighting infections, lower blood pressure, relieve gingivitis. Lemons are good for you, too.

  • Kris

    This does work. My only tip is that if you live in a big “ant” area it may attract them! A plumber gave me that info:-)

  • MortiMouse

    Shawnna – the key is it needs to be sugar free. I don’t think Country Time comes without sugar. Plus Country Time is considerably more expensive. Last time I checked, the Kool-Aid packets were something like .10¢ – .20¢ each. A lot of times you can find the for 10 for a $1.

  • Amy F.

    I totally will have to get some packets and try this. Have you ever tried it in your coffee maker? I might have to try that too just to see if it’ll help clean out the deposits in that…

  • 1st2go

    Be sure to use the kind of kool-aid that needs sugar. The reason this works is the citric acid in the lemonade. The mild acid breaks the bonds of the scale and allows the agitation of the water to blast it away. It’s the same principle as soaking your shower head in vinegar to get it to spray properly again.

  • Bettie

    I’m sure this works, but it will bring in ants. I use Borax and run it through without dishes and then run just hot water through a second time. Its cleans and ants do not like Borax.

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for these tips, never knew. I always just use white vinegar but hate the smell and it doesn’t seem to clean all the lime/calcium build up (we have hard water). Would straight lemon concentrate work or would something else need to be added? Also, same amount for a coffee pot or less than a whole packet?

    • stepahanie

      You can cut a lemon in half and dip it in sea salt and it will bring all that off. Also you can use 8oz of BLUE DAWN dish washing liquid 8oz of white vinegar and all you do is put the vinegar in the microwave for about 5 mins in a spray bottle and then add the DAWN and shake spray and then let it set over night or a few hours go in wet a cloth and rinse and wipe clean it works wonderfully this is all I use…..

  • Sherri

    I mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (not washing POWDER or baking SODA) 1/4 cup kosher sea salt, and four packs of Kool-Aid lemonaide mix. Use two tablespoons(1 in the pre-wash cup and 1 in the other) I use this as my dishwasher soap now, and it works great and keeps your dishwasher clean of buildup.. I use white vinegar as my rinse agent. This combination works as good as any thing I’ve ever used from the store, and costs pennies per load!


  • Jules

    I inherited a dishwasher that could definitely use some intensive lemon-aid treatment, thanks for the hints. I am intrigued by the comment Sherri left about what homemade dishwasher soap she is using… anyone tried it or any comments? Not familiar with what washing soda would be, however, always looking for something that works well that does not cost a lot. 😉

  • Katie

    Yes, the Orange Tang powder works as well. Makes the smell go away and cleans up any stains in the dishwasher. I’ve heard other brands of orange/lemon drink mix work too, but orange Tang is what I use. Makes the whole kitchen smell better, which is nice if the garbage needs to go out.

  • robin

    now this is a tip I can really use, can’t afford a new dishwasher right now, but it is not cleaning as well as it should….

  • Cynthia Sawyer

    I have read about lemonade Kool-aid as an alternative to citric acid before, although I have yet to try it. This looks like a great idea.

  • Cynthia Sawyer

    I just scanned the other comments. I use a recipe similar to Sherri’s for dishwasher detergent. It includes the Borax and the washing soda but instead of the other ingredients she listed, I mix in Epsom salt and lemon juice and mold it in ice cube trays. 2 cubes per load and my dishes are clean. I tried other dish detergent recipes and was dissatisfied but I have found this one really works. I do also use vinegar as a rinse agent.

  • Robin Simonek

    Eating lemons will hurt the enamel on your teeth. I used to love eating lemon halves with salt, until my dentist told me how harmful it is to tooth enamel.