How to clean your dishwasher in 3 easy steps
Your dishwasher is your best friend in the kitchen; it saves you time by doing the dishes for you. The one problem is that your dishwasher can become overloaded with grease, grime and food particles, which minimise its effectiveness in cleaning dishes. At the times when you notice dishes are still dirty after a cycle or water pooling at the bottom of the dishwasher because the drain is clogged, you require cleaning solutions for returning your dishwasher to its efficient state again. Luckily, Jillee, the author of One Good Thing lifestyle blog, has a few easy solutions for getting your dishwasher behaving like new. These cleaning steps are easy, involving a few household products, so they are easy to implement.
In the case of cleaning a dishwasher, you will want to remove any built-up grease and food particles, as well as sanitise the dishwasher and remove any unappealing odours. The process will start with inspecting your dishwasher and drain and removing any residue that you find. Next, you will want to put your dishwasher through a few cleaning cycles, which will eliminate the smells and sanitise the interior of the dishwasher. The first cycle consists of using vinegar, which is among the best natural kitchen cleaners. Vinegar is beneficial in household cleaning tasks because it has a high acid level and is antibacterial. For the best results, use a cleaning vinegar, which will have a higher level of acid, and therefore, be more effective. This vinegar may also be cheaper than varieties you would cook with. The next step would be running a cycle with natural baking soda because it can freshen the smell of the dishwasher further and remove stains. Baking soda is another ingredient that figures into many house cleaning tips because it is non-toxic and safe.
The final cycle to run is an optional one using liquid bleach. This step isn’t ideal if you are trying to use more non toxic cleaners in your home, but whether you implement this cycle or not, depends on the state of your dishwasher. Running the cycle with bleach depends on whether or not you have mould build-up in your dishwasher in addition to the grease and grime. Cleaning the dishwasher with bleach will help sanitise it and kill any mould or bacteria that is lurking inside.
If you are intrigued by these steps to achieving a clean dishwasher, check out Jillee’s website. She provides a complete list of steps along with photos and shows that it is very easy to clean a dishwasher. She even provides a list of tips to remember when using your dishwasher. One of the most interesting ones is to not over-rinse your dishes before adding to the dishwasher. According to Jillee, traditional dishwasher detergent requires some grease to do its job properly, and if the grease isn’t present, the dishwasher detergent will over-foam and be damaging to the dishwasher.
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