While our dishwasher sits faithfully in the kitchen churning away and doing our cleaning for us, we rarely think about cleaning it. Despite experts recommending that we clean our machines once a month in order to keep them hygienic and working at full capacity, few of us actually do. When a dishwasher collects grime and food scraps it can become unhygienic, inefficient and develop ‘bad breath’, a sure sign it’s in need of a good clean. Fortunately, there’s a simple, cost-effective and chemical free way to get your dishwasher back to full fresh function in no time.
Start by clearing the drain. You’ll need to remove the lower rack so you can access the filter at the bottom of the machine. Feel free to use gloves to clear away food scraps that may have gathered here as they may have begun to decompose. This will help the machine’s cleaning efficiency and drainage.
Next, fill two thirds of a mug or dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar upright on the top rack of the empty machine. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda across the bottom of the machine. Run a regular length hot water cycle. If you don’t know which cycle uses hot water, the one designed for pots and pans is generally a safe bet.
This will help to clean away grease, remove interior stains and odours as well as make the machine smell and look fresh.
How often do you clean your dishwasher … honestly? Do you have any tips or tricks you want to share with our readers? As always, let us know in the comment section below.
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