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How to Naturally Freshen Up a Stinky Dishwasher

How to Naturally Freshen Up a Stinky Dishwasher

 

It’s definitely one of the most used appliances in our homes. And if you’re like me, probably don’t treat it with the love with it deserves.

Throwing un-rinsed dishes into the dishwasher combined with built-up grease and soap scum can make your machine breed germs and bacteria. This can be really unhygienic and also affect how well your dishwasher is working.

Check out our easy steps to refresh your dishwasher and have it functioning like new.

 

How to Clean a Dishwasher

1 Pull out the bottom rack to ensure food remnants aren’t trapped in the drain.

2 Add one filled cup of white vinegar on the top rack. Run a hot cycle. You should stop it mid-cycle so the vinegar can get soaked in and break down the build-up.

3 Does the dishwasher still smell funky? Sprinkle some Bi-Carb Soda on the base and run another cycle.

4 It might be a good idea to give the inside and outside of the machine a wipe down while you’re at it. Use a microfiber cloth and equal parts vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle.

What else can I do to keep my dishwasher clean?

It’ll only take a second, but you really should scrape big particles of food off your crockery before putting it into the dishwasher.

Leave the door open when you can to air it out and prevent bacteria growing in there.

Use high-quality dishwashing tablets/detergents. It’ll cost a bit more at the time but quality tablets will leave less residue behind.

Wipe the dishwasher seals down once a week.

You should clean your filter and dispenser around once a month to keep it running efficiently.

We get regular use of the unit at our place but if you only use yours occasionally, give it an extra rinse cycle to ensure residue or deposits are flushed out.

How Does Vinegar Clean the Dishwasher?

The anti-bacterial properties in vinegar are the key here. It’ll flush the pipes as the water drains out while the Bi-Carb will tackle those nasty odours, making light – and non-toxic – work of a clean dishwasher.

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