Okay, y'all. The batch I made Monday and had two glorious loads of dishes washed by?
That stuff is BONE DRY in one of my favorite glass jars.
*head + desk*
I've been looking around the internet and have found that happens to a lot of people! The solution?
Instead of mixing your vinegar into your powdered mix, add your powder to your wash in the little cups on the door like usual, but squirt a bit of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher instead of mixing it into the powder.
You could even just put the vinegar into the little hole where you put the rinse aid, instead of squirting it directly into the bottom of the dishwasher. (This is the method I'm going to start using, by the way!)
You could mix your vinegar into your powdered mix before putting it in, but that sounds like a hassle to me!
Hope no one lost a nice jar because of this like I did. I guess it just didn't occur to me that it would dry up like that in a jar that sealed around the top as tightly as mine. Still strange, but nonetheless, there are usually solutions to snags if you look in the right place!
Thank goodness for the internet and there being lots of crunchy/frugal people in this world that have been there, done that!! :)