enter the ants.
our dishwasher (well, our whole kitchen, really) was recently taken over by ants. i ran a rinse cycle to get rid of them, but there was nothing stopping them from coming back. so i whipped out my spray bottle filled with peppermint dr. bronner's (the peppermint is a mild insecticide and kills on contact) and sprayed down all of the dishes in the dishwasher to avert their interest in my dirty dishes. score 1 for your loyal blogger--not only did the ants fail to return, but the dishes came out super-squeaky clean. shiny & beautiful. not a bit of residue or food left behind.
my new dishwasher routine is an ecover tablet, a light misting of dr. b's on the dishes, and vinegar in the rinse aid compartment. give it a try & see for yourself!