DIY: Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner Begin by making sure your dishwasher is empty. Pour one packet of lemon Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup. Run the empty dishwasher. That is it! The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains–you don’t have to! Now, grab your book or magazine and take advantage of the extra time you have on your hands!
Instead of dish soap, use a cleaner formulated for vehicles (available at any auto parts store). Once you've mixed the suds, go one step further—fill a second bucket with clean rinse water. Use it to rinse the wash mitt often. That'll remove most of the road grit from the mitt to prevent scratches. When you're finished, throw the mitt in the washing machine to get it completely clean.