You see, Hubby and I have lived in four different places in our short four years of marriage. And, in all of those places we had a dishwasher. I have always had problems with my dishes getting clean. Not once have I ever been able to unload every single one of my dishes on the first try. I have tried everything, and I finally found what I needed.
Ok, so I know most of you are probably saying, "Duh! You are supposed to run vinegar through your empty dishwasher to clean it." Yeah, I tried that. It did not work. So, I thought it was my detergent and I changed that. Still, no luck. So one day, I decided I was going to put the vinegar in my prewash slot and my regular detergent in the main wash slot. BAM - clean, sparkly dishes. OH YEAH!
I mean, I had run this one dish through the dishwasher at least four times. This time, it came out looking brand new! I was so excited that I thought it was a fluke. It had to be. So, I tried it the next time. This time, I had dried chocolate in a mixing bowl. I was convinced I would have to hand-wash it. Nope. Clean as a freakin whistle!
Now, I use vinegar as my prewash every single time I run the dishwasher. It is truly amazing. I was just hoping for clean dishes, but I got so much more. My glasses never have water spots. Shortening comes off my spoons every single time.
So, that is why I use vinegar as part of my dishwasher detergent, and that's why you should too. :)