How to Clean Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers need a good clean now and again – it helps them run more efficiently. As soon as your dishwasher gets ‘bad breath‘ – you know it’s time for a good clean! Filters especially should be cleaned every few runs. Here is some information on how to clean your dishwasher without the harsh chemicals or hefty price tag!!!
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon essential oil (eg Eucalyptus Oil or Tea tree Oil)
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- Sponge and Gumption for the inside of the dishwasher
- Cleaning Cloth
Make sure you empty the dishwasher first and give the filters a good scrub with a Sponge and Gumption and replace. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the soap dispenser, and add the essential oils to the bicarb. Fill the rinse aid with white vinegar until over flowing. Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting (or the pots and pans setting which is usually the hottest).
Every few months or so it is a good idea to remove the spray arms and give them a good scrub with the Sponge and Gumption combination too. Most are very easy to remove (check with your owners manual) and this gives your dishwasher greater ‘spraying’ power.
If your dishwasher continues to smell in the days afterwards, you are going to need something a bit more heavy duty (could mean you have scum and grease in your pipes) and this is when you will need to resort to the shop bought dishwasher cleaners.
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