How To Make Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Do you have trouble with your glasses turning cloudy in the dishwasher?
Yeah, me too! I came up with a solution that works great, so I want to show you how to make dishwasher rinse aid.

I used a mixture of some different recipes and then put my own spin on the dishwasher rinse aid.

dishwasher rinse aid ingredients

dishwasher rinse aid ingredients clear glass bottle with lid white vinegar fresh lemons rosemary sprigs and lemon essential oil

For this dishwasher rinse aid, you will need white vinegar, lemon slices, rosemary sprigs, lemon essential oil and a glass container to store it in.

The rosemary sprigs are optional and really serve no purpose other than an additional scent and they look pretty in the glass container.

I leave mine out on the counter, and I like for it to look nice.

2 whole lemons and a sliced lemon on cutting board to make dishwasher rinse aid

prepping for you dishwasher rinse aid

First, you will want to cut the lemon slices.

You can leave them in full slices or cut the slices in half again, depending on the size of the opening of your container.

several sprigs of rosemary and garden scissors on cutting board for making dishwasher rinse aid

Next, you will cut rosemary sprigs.

Maybe you grow your own or have a friend or neighbor that does.

Otherwise, you can usually find it in the produce section of the grocery store. Again, the rosemary is optional.

clear glass bottle with metal lid filled with sprigs of rosemary and lemon slices for making dishwasher rinse aid

putting your rinse aid together

Fill the container with the lemon slices and rosemary sprigs.

You can alternate them if you want, and use as much or little as you like. No rules here!

clear glass bottle filled with lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary and white funnel in top  sitting beside bottle of white vinegar for making dishwasher rinse aid

Next, you will want to fill the container with the white vinegar.

I use a funnel, but you certainly don’t have to. I’m just not a very neat pourer!

clear glass bottle filled with white vinegar and lemon slices and rosemary sprigs for making dishwasher rinse aid with lemon essential oil bottle beside

After you fill the jar with white vinegar, add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil.

If you don’t have lemon essential oil on hand, you can use the juice from a 1 lemon.

This may result in a cloudy mixture, but it will serve the same purpose.

clear glass bottle filled with white vinegar lemon slices rosemary sprigs for dishwasher rinse aid sitting on white pedestal with brown spray bottle of thieves cleaner

And, that’s it!! It’s that simple.

I fill the rinse aid dispenser in the dishwasher each time I run it.

I keep mine on this cute stand beside my sink with a couple of other cleaning essentials, so it’s easy for me to grab it every time I am ready to run my dishwasher.

And, it just looks pretty!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make dishwasher rinse aid, and try some of your own.

Let me know if you do, I love to hear from you!!


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clear bottle filled with rosemary sprigs lemon slices in white vinegar for dishwasher rinse aid

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  1. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    I love this idea…thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    1. Oh, good Linda! So glad you found it helpful. I think you will love it!!


    1. Oh, thank you Cindy!! You will love it, and it smells so good!

      Thank you so much for following along!


  2. This I am sharing with my daughter-in-law. She will love it as much as I do. She has got me started on essential oils and looking for natural options for cleaning. And if it’s beautiful? Of course!

    1. I know, right!! It smells good, looks pretty and it all natural!

      Thanks so much for following along and commenting. I hope you enjoy making it!!


  3. I have that same bottle for my thieves cleaner and rosemary in my yard. I’m thinking that I should add a sprig or 2 to my thieves. How long does the rinse aid stay looking that pretty with the lemons and rosemary in it?

    1. It stays looking like that until I have used it all.

      The rosemary in the thieves cleaner sounds great!!

      Thanks so much for following along and commenting!!


  4. Can you use this in a stainless steel interior dishwasher?

    1. Yes, mine is a stainless steel.

    1. Oh, good! So glad you enjoyed the post. Let me know if you make some.

  5. I made this last night. The dishwasher smelled so fresh when I opened it this morning. I love the look of this also. I put it in an antique whiskey decanter. It’s so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, I love the idea of the antique whiskey decanter! I’m so glad you tried it and liked it. Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know.

    1. Thank you SO much for sharing my dishwasher rinse aid DIY! I truly appreciate it and so glad you liked it!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing the dishwasher rinse aid DIY. I’m so glad you are enjoying it!

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