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Dumb question alert -- can we put bleach in the dishwasher??

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Momagain1, May 23, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    I am trying to clean my grammas old cannign jars..I thought I'd put it through a prewash..the wash and maybe afterwards run it through a cycle w/bleach??

    anyone?
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Most, if not all, dishwasher detergents contain bleach anyway. Check the label to see.
     
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    hmm..interesting..I'll have to look..but hubby buys generic lol..
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    It's a pain for us in a way, because we are on a septic tank system. The bleach can kill off the good bacteria! I only run it twice a week if needed, though I LOVE having it! I have a backup in the garage for when this one croaks.

    Nice you have the old canning jars, they're so cool!
     
  5. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    I would go get some of those dishwasher cleaning disks... The ones that are like for HE clothes washers but are made for dishwashers. Run the jars in the wash cycle with those. Then run them again with regular dishwasher detergent on the hot water cycle with heated dry.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Op, I would just use the detergent with bleach, myself.

    Ranchhand: We are on septic, too, and I just bought some detergent that does not have bleach in it- it has sodium carbonate and sodium silicate. I don't know if this is a good brand to use as I just bought it and haven't tried it. It says it is septic safe.
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Op, I would just use the detergent with bleach, myself.

    Ranchhand: We are on septic, too, and I just bought some detergent that does not have bleach in it- it has sodium carbonate and sodium silicate. I don't know if this is a good brand to use as I just bought it and haven't tried it. It says it is septic safe.

    Can you give me the brand name, please? Not sure I can get it out here, but I'll look it up. I'll have to check out the chemicals, but even if it's more expensive it may be worth it. We had a whole new system put in a few years back, because the previous owner was the self proclaimed "Queen of Bleach". That was bad enough, but her DH built a big spare bedroom over the only tank access. [​IMG]
     
  8. areyoumymother

    areyoumymother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try 1/4 cup of borax in with your regular detergent....it is bleach free and softens hard water for a streak/spot free wash....

    I am on septic too....don't use bleach all that much...I think I usea about a gallon a year.....

    I love to clean with natural products.....borax, vinegar, baking soda.....haven't run across a natural laundry substitute yet....
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Op, I would just use the detergent with bleach, myself.

    Ranchhand: We are on septic, too, and I just bought some detergent that does not have bleach in it- it has sodium carbonate and sodium silicate. I don't know if this is a good brand to use as I just bought it and haven't tried it. It says it is septic safe.

    Can you give me the brand name, please? Not sure I can get it out here, but I'll look it up. I'll have to check out the chemicals, but even if it's more expensive it may be worth it. We had a whole new system put in a few years back, because the previous owner was the self proclaimed "Queen of Bleach". That was bad enough, but her DH built a big spare bedroom over the only tank access. [​IMG]

    Oh dear. That is quite frustrating.

    Here is what I bought: (I bought mine at my Winco grocery store.)
    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/sun-sations-automatic-dishwashing-detergent/ID=prod4244319-product

    Also I bought the "citrus scent" - same brand and active ingredients. Made by The Sun Products Corpl, Wilton, CT 06897

    www.sunproductscorp.com or 800-418-3162
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Ooooh, Sweet, thank you. I am always on the lookout for lower impact items.

    Yes, it was a bummer about the septic system, but there are quite a few things the sellers didn't mention. That's one of the minor ones! [​IMG]

    areyoumymother, there are some homemade detergent recipes here, but even better,, check out the BYC sister site www.sufficientself.com
    A lot of those folks are members here, too.

    Oh hell, as long as I'm touting, check out www.theeasygarden.com as well, another sister site. The links are at the bottom of most pages here.
     

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