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What is a dishwasher rinse aid?

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Rinse aid is added to a special compartment in a dishwasher and is released during the final rinse cycle. It reduces the formation of water droplets, allowing dishes to dry without water spots and smears.

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Although rinse aids help get dishes cleaner, they can be expensive. A cheaper alternative is white vinegar. Unscrew the cap from a dishwasher's rinse aid compartment, and fill the well with vinegar. Replace the cap, and run the dishwasher as normal. An alternative is pouring 1 cup of vinegar into the dishwasher after the detergent cup opens and then allowing the dishwasher to finish its cycle.

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